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Fees for Drake students will increase by $1,764 for the 2016-2017 school year. Undergraduate students will now be required to spend $45,056 for tuition, room, and board. According to an email sent by campus president Marty Martin, the increase in fees will be used to make improvements in facilities and technology infrastructure. “Drake University probably already makes enough money,” first-year James Khoruts said. “I don’t really understand the motive for the tuition hike.”
The recent hike doesn’t seem to impact current students’ enrollment at Drake, but it might impact enrollment for prospective students. “Some students might not have the resources such as the ability to take out loans,” student Kaitlin Weltha said.
Other years have had similar, if not identical, increases in tuition. Last year, Drake University announced a 4.52% increase in costs, and the year before, the University experienced a 4.4% increase. “Considering what the tuition already was, I think it’s too high,” Khoruts said.
“Right now, it’s not as debilitating as it might be to other people who have to pay that,” Weltha said. “I already have a set plan, and I’m going to stay here and finish it out, regardless of how much tuition is.”