FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Students taking master’s classes in Southwestern’s School of Church Music will see a new tuition structure beginning this fall. Trustees approved tuition increases for all master’s and bachelor’s programs at the seminary during their spring meeting, including a separate hourly rate for master’s-level music courses. Tuition for music classes in the College at Southwestern will remain the same as other undergraduate courses.
“Knowing the financial burden on many of our students, Southwestern strives to keep tuition costs to a minimum,” said Kevin Ensley, vice president for business administration at Southwestern.
“In fact, last year, tuition was increased a modest $2 per hour for SBC students. However, as cost structures of the various schools were examined more closely, it became increasingly apparent that some programs are simply more costly than others. Therefore, the Southwestern’s administration felt compelled to take actions that would better align tuition rates with program costs, and therefore made an additional increase in tuition for courses taught in the School of Church Music.
The 2012-13 tuition rates are $235 per credit hour for all undergraduate classes, $200 per credit hour for non-music master’s classes, and $215 per credit hour for master’s music classes. Previous tuition rates were $222 for undergraduate classes and $187 for graduate classes.
“Although the tuition rate for courses offered in the School of Church Music were increased an additional $15 per hour,” Ensley said, “for an SBC student, this increase does not adequately cover the actual cost of administering this exceptional program. Students taking classes in Southwestern’s School of Church Music are realizing a valuable educational experience at a fraction of the cost found at other programs in the area.”