School’s IN for summer!

If wandering around the IU Bloomington campus this week you’ve noticed a few more student faces than you’re accustomed to seeing during what’s officially summer at the university, you are not suffering from seasonal delusions.

Alice Cooper may have famously declared that “school’s out for summer,” but many IU students are singing a different tune now that the spring semester and commencement ceremonies have concluded. For these students, the bell hasn’t yet rung as they take advantage of IU’s new summer tuition discount, which is enabling them to save money and accelerate their progress toward earning a college degree.

IU's new summer tuition discount is aimed at helping students save money and graduate on time.

Starting this year, Indiana resident undergraduates enrolled at IU campuses statewide receive a 25 percent discount for courses taken in the summer. Nonresident undergrads receive an equivalent dollar reduction in their tuition. At IU Bloomington, that’s a possible $1,050 savings for some students who take a full academic course load in the summer, and there’s potential for even greater savings if students are able to reduce the time it takes to earn a degree.

Summer classes began a week ago, May 8, at IU Bloomington, where there’s been a considerable increase in undergraduate enrollment. Official first-day figures indicate a 7.5 percent increase from last year in the number of undergrads (more than 8,000) taking summer classes this year. Additionally, there’s been a 6.5 percent increase in the number of undergraduate credit hours (more than 50,000) being taken in Bloomington.

And other IU campuses across the state are seeing even larger undergraduate enrollment increases, topped by IU East in Richmond, Ind., at more than 14 percent, IU Kokomo at more than 11 percent, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis at 4.5 percent.

These figures — and the many new faces on campus this summer — reflect IU’s efforts to provide students and their families with much-needed financial relief, help students graduate on time — or even early — and allow for greater use of IU’s world-class facilities during the summer months.

Indeed, they might just signal the start of a new summer soundtrack at IU — one in which more students, sorry Alice, choose not to fly the coop and continue making noise toward that hotly anticipated IU degree.

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