Michigan State University plans to press incoming freshmen to sign up for more courses.
MSU President Lou Anna Simon says studies show first-year college students who take 30 credits their freshman year are more likely to graduate in four years.
“If you take more credits, no matter your preparation the first year, you’re going to be able to graduate higher,” says Simon, “Student success is really important because you’re investing a lot of money and the value of your degree is when you finish.”
To encourage future freshmen to take a full course load, the MSU Board of Trustees yesterday approved freezing freshman tuition rates for the 2018-19 school year, at the same level that freshman will pay beginning this fall.
The trustees approved higher tuition rates for the upcoming academic year.
Freshmen and sophomores will pay 2.8% more in tuition per credit hour this fall, while juniors and seniors will have to pay a 3.8% increase.