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Tuition Reset

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Brandon Rook, Public Relations Manager
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Carthage announces 30% reduction in tuition

Building on generous financial assistance program, Carthage moves to further demystify cost of college

KENOSHA, Wis. – To give students and their families a clearer picture of the actual cost of attendance, Carthage College will lower tuition by 30 percent for the 2020-21 academic year.

President John Swallow announced Tuesday, Sept. 17, that Carthage will reduce tuition to $31,500 (from the current $45,100) to better reflect the amount most students pay after receiving financial aid.

The change, approved by the board of trustees, will apply to all new and returning undergraduate students.

Carthage, which welcomed its largest incoming class in its history last year, is among the first institutions in the state of Wisconsin to lower tuition, and the first in the state to implement such a significant tuition reset.

“Understanding the true cost of college has become unnecessarily complicated,” said President Swallow. “Too often families rule out Carthage based solely on the advertised tuition rate, not realizing that our generous financial assistance makes the College as great a fit financially for their student as it is academically.”

Nearly 100 percent of Carthage students receive financial assistance. Last year, Carthage awarded $20 million in scholarships and grants to first-year students, and the average student paid a net tuition price of $15,800. A student’s total cost is set individually and depends on a number of factors, including their academic profile, family income, and competition in Carthage’s numerous scholarship programs.

“We hope this tuition reset cuts through the confusion to offer some much-needed transparency for families as they consider Carthage,” President Swallow said.

A 2018 survey conducted by student loan company Sallie Mae, “How Americans Value College,” illustrates how difficult it has become for families to assess the true cost of a particular college. The survey revealed that 65 percent of students eliminate colleges from their search process based on the published price, without conducting further research into the availability of financial aid.

Carthage will continue to offer significant need-based and merit-based financial aid to students, said Nick Mulvey, Vice President for Enrollment at Carthage College. “In the past 10 years, Carthage has been able to provide more and more financial aid to our families, in addition to new academic and co-curricular programs,” Mr. Mulvey said. “Each year, we’ve made a stronger commitment to affordability, and to making a Carthage education accessible for more students from all backgrounds. The average amount students pay for tuition today, after scholarships and grants are applied, is the same as the average they paid a decade ago.”

Financial aid packages for 2020-21 will be adjusted in line with the new tuition, and families of current students will pay the same net tuition price as they would have paid without the tuition reset. In addition, the price for room and board will not be increased for the upcoming year.

Additional information about the tuition reset can be found at

Carthage College enrolls approximately 2,600 full-time undergraduate students and has an average class size of 17. Named a “Best Midwestern College” by the Princeton Review, Carthage has been a top producer in the nation of Fulbright U.S. Students for four years running. New this year, the College launches The Aspire Program, a comprehensive four-year career development program for all students. Funded with a $15 million gift from benefactor Jan Tarble, The Aspire Program builds on Carthage’s strong history of providing students with the skills they need to succeed after college. The new program blends existing and new resources to create a plan for all students from their first days on campus.

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John Swallow, President of Carthage College
Nick Mulvey, Vice President for Enrollment at Carthage College
Carthage College Campus, Aerial
Carthage College Science Center Interior
Carthage College Outdoor Classroom
Carthage College Outdoor Classroom/Science Center
Carthage College Entryway

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About Carthage
Small by design yet boundless in impact, Carthage College is committed to take a different road. At Carthage, we embrace an educational approach that’s personal in focus and driven in action, exemplified in our multifaceted career development initiative: The Aspire Program. From our campus alongside Lake Michigan in the thriving Chicago-Milwaukee corridor, we actively direct our collective talents toward a common purpose wherever the need arises.

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