The University of Charleston is freezing tuition for undergraduate students.
The university announced Tuesday that tuition and fees will remain at $19,500 for students at its Charleston campus in the 2013-14 school year.
Students at the university's Beckley and Martinsburg campuses will continue using a pay-per-credit cost structure. The cost of many courses will remain the same, while some health science courses will see slight increases.
"We're very, very sensitive to the pressures students are under because of the economy," said UC president Ed Welch. "We wanted middle income families to know that this private higher education might just be affordable to them."
Last fall, the university cut tuition for new students by 22 percent, from $25,000 to $19,500 for a savings of $5,500.
The decision to stay tuition rates at the branch campuses is partly a move to stand by a commitment the university made when it took over ill-fated Mountain State University, Welch said. Officials promised that tuition wouldn't shoot up for those programs just because they are now owned by UC.
"We've said consistently it's going to be a startup venture there," Welch said. "Holding tuition where it has been is part of telling the story that we're going to do everything we can to have those experiences be affordable."In January, UC announced that the acquisition of those three new locations helped the university reach its highest enrollment level in 30 years. Full-time enrollment for spring 2013 was 1,669 and total enrollment was 1,884. About 500 of those are enrolled in the school's regional network outside of Charleston.