George Mason freezes tuition for three years

George Mason University has frozen tuition for next year and hopes to hold off on any increases through the 2016-2017 academic year. That would mean three years with no tuition increase.

"One thing we understand is law and economics," said Dan Polsby, dean of the law school. “Law school tuition went up more than fifty percent in the past seven years. This isn’t a business plan that can be sustained. The Board’s move recognizes that demand for legal education is changing, and that we must change with it.”

George Mason University, a public school in Arlington, Virgina, is already one of the most affordable schools in the Washington, D.C. region, with tuition for in-state at $25,531. Out-of-state students spend $40,737.

University of District of Columbia is far more affordable, with tuition at $10,620 for D.C. residents and $21,240 for non-residents.

"Students choose Mason for three reasons: location, quality of education, and price," Polsby said. "The location and quality they could always count on. Now they’ll be able to count on price as well.”

George Mason University officials hope the move will help the school attract quality students at a time when applications are down. It offered scholarships to 73 percent of its first-year law students last year. So, the move could be the university’s realization that it has already, in effect, cut revenue.