JBU Announces Lowest Percent Increase for 2018-2019 Undergraduate Tuition, Room & Board

Upgrade to Undergraduate Meal Plan Introduced to Room & Board

The John Brown University Board of Trustees announced this week a 2.75 percent increase, the lowest rate increase in more than three decades, for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board. The rate increase for 2018-2019 academic year amounts to $968, the lowest dollar change in 14 years.

JBU also announced new flexible dining options and extended cafeteria hours to better meet the needs of the diverse student body. The new meal plans relieve some of the restrictions on when and how students can use the plans, which JBU believes will allow students to get more value from the plans. In addition to the standard meal plans, enhancements and additional flex options are available from $20-$300.

Although exact board costs may vary slightly based on selected flexible dining options, the cost breakdown for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board for 2018-19 is:

Increase Total
Tuition& Fees $784 $26,928
Room $88 $4,424
Board $96 $4,800
TOTAL $968 $36,152

“Recognized as one of the best values in Christian higher education, we continue to be committed to making JBU affordable for our students so that they can attain a top-tier education,”

Dr. Kim Hadley, vice president for finance and administration, said. “To help offset price increases necessary to cover our operational expenses, we provide millions of dollars each year in need and merit-based institutional scholarships for students.”

To help with the increase, the university will make an additional $450,000 available for need and merit-based institutional scholarships, approximately a three percent increase over last year’s amount. For the 2018-19 academic year, JBU expects to award just under $16 million in scholarships with 90 percent of JBU students receiving some form of institutional aid.

Tuition for online undergraduate students remains flat at $420 per credit hour. Tuition for graduate students continues at $560 per credit hour for graduate business and graduate counseling, $460 per credit hour for graduate education and $600 per credit hour for graduate cybersecurity majors.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.