2014-15 Tuition: A Letter from President Lawrence
March 28, 2014
Dear SLC Undergraduate Students and Families,
Our Board of Trustees has recently approved Sarah Lawrence tuition, fees, room and board charges for 2014-15 and I wanted to inform you of the results. The overall increase in undergraduate tuition, fees, room, and board combined is 3.62%, including undergraduate tuition at $49,680. For students living in college housing, the typical room charge will be $9,510, and the cost of our most frequently selected meal plan will be $4,702. The general student fee plus the SLC student activity fee set by the Student Senate will total $1,100. Taken together, tuition, fees, room and board (before consideration of SLC grant aid) will be $64,992. Financial aid packages for returning students currently on aid will be adjusted as necessary to reflect these new charges. In setting tuition and other charges for next year, we remain acutely aware of the financial stresses confronted by many of our students and their families.
As ever, our goal is to balance two priorities: (1) developing our vibrant academic core --small seminars and conference work that engage students directly with devoted faculty, and donning; and (2) ensuring that talented, academically-prepared students from across the socioeconomic spectrum continue to have access to the unparalleled opportunity SLC offers. The increase in tuition, fees, room and board, coupled with a continuing focus on college expenditures and the pursuit of opportunities to do more efficiently and effectively what we already do, is necessary to balance these priorities.
Consonant with its mission, the College continues to make substantial investments to enhance its academic offerings and campus environment. We have recently hired, or are in the process of hiring, faculty in Public Policy, Filmmaking, Psychology, Literature, Mathematics, and Dance as well as in important new areas including Ecology and Media and Digital Arts. In the current and coming years, SLC is expanding career services, with increased opportunities for internships and fieldwork, including our new facility, The Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River on the banks of the lower Hudson. We have added a spring semester option for students interested in studying at our signature Cuba study-abroad site and are adding Chinese language to our Asian studies offerings.
We continue to make targeted improvements to our facilities with the greatest impact on student work and life. This past fall, we completed a total renovation of Titsworth Auditorium, now known as the Marjorie Leff Miller ’53 Lecture Hall. The lecture hall is now fully accessible, with all new seating, fully-modernized audio/visual systems and much improved lighting and sound characteristics. In the months and year ahead, we will continue to upgrade classroom technology and finish updating the campus-wide wireless network. And we are planning renovations to the Library to best accommodate the needs of students: for quiet space to study, to work collaboratively, and to seek opportunities to socialize.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff of the College, thank you for being part of the Sarah Lawrence family and epitomizing the value of an SLC education.
Karen R. Lawrence
President, Sarah Lawrence College