JBU Announces Lowest Percent Increase for Undergraduate’s Tuition, Room & Board

John Brown University announced this week its lowest price rate-increase in 31 years. The 2.99 percent increase in traditional undergraduate’s tuition, fees, room and board for 2017-18 amounts to $1,020, the lowest dollar change in 13 years.

Tuition for degree completion program remained flat at $420 per credit hour. For graduate students, tuition increased 2.2 percent, a $12 increase to $560 per credit hour for business, counseling and visual arts majors and a $10 increase to $460 per credit hour for education majors.

“JBU is committed to helping students of all economic backgrounds afford college as we deal with upward cost pressures in our operational expenses from areas such as health care,” Kim Hadley, vice president for finance and administration. “We aggressively fundraise and provide millions of dollars each year in need and merit-based scholarships to help offset price increases. Our financial aid team works individually with students who may need extra assistance to identify resources to lower their higher education costs.”

In 2016-17, JBU granted more than $15.5 million in institutional and endowed scholarships. Based on student need, JBU has budgeted more than $16 million in institutional and endowed scholarships for 2017-18.

The cost breakdown for tuition, fees, room and board for 2017-18 is:

Increase Total

Tuition         $782    $25,000
Fees            $38      $1,144

Room/Board   $200  $9,040

Total            $1,020   $35,184


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, 2017), JBU enrolls more than 2,700 students from 40 states and 37 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 39 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.