A Guaranteed, Fixed, Four-Year Tuition Rate
Just approved by the State System’s Board of Governors in January, 2018, the Warrior Promise will establish a guaranteed tuition rate for four academic years or eight consecutive semesters. This fixed tuition rate will allow students to complete as many undergraduate degrees, minors and certificates as they choose within their four-year window. A Warrior Promise tuition rate will be established by the Board of Governors for each new entering undergraduate cohort of degree seeking freshmen and transfer students.
ESU joins a select number of other colleges and universities nationwide with guaranteed tuition programs. ESU is the first university in Pennsylvania to provide its students the assurance of a guaranteed four year tuition rate.
The Warrior Promise is ESU’s commitment to a guaranteed, fixed four-year tuition rate, as established by the Board of Governors, for 8 consecutive regular (fall and spring) semesters, beginning with the first term of an undergraduate student’s enrollment at ESU.
The Instructional Resources fee and the Technology fee are included and will be fixed for the 8 consecutive regular semesters associated with each Warrior Promise cohort.
The Warrior Promise is intended to make the costs of a college education more predictable for undergraduate students and their families by establishing a tuition rate for each entering class that will not increase for four years. The Warrior Promise will protect students and their families from annual increases tuition and enable them to more accurately estimate and budget for college expenses.
A significant benefit of the Warrior Promise is that it will freeze a significant portion of the cost of higher education.
Beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, the Warrior Promise will apply to all new main campus full and part-time degree seeking undergraduates, regardless of residency.
The Warrior Promise tuition rate applies to all new undergraduate students, freshmen and transfer, resident, nonresident or international who enroll in a bachelor’s degree program or a second bachelor’s degree program.
All new undergraduates automatically qualify to participate and will be enrolled in the Warrior Promise Tuition guarantee. Currently enrolled undergraduate students MAY self-identify to OPT IN to the Warrior Promise Tuition guarantee. Those students who opt in will be included in the Fall 2018 Warrior Promise cohort and will pay a fixed tuition rate that will not increase for 8 consecutive regular semesters.
The procedures necessary to Opt In have not been finalized. All currently enrolled undergraduates will be provided with detailed instructions once the procedures are in place. Whether a current student should Opt In will depend on personal circumstances. Such things as the number of credits earned to date, progress towards your degree, the number of credits you take each semester, whether you plan to double major or earn a second degree are among the factors that you should consider.
There will be several public presentations this semester that students may attend to learn more about the Warrior Promise Tuition guarantee program and ask specific questions about program details.
Yes. New out of state, non resident and international undergraduate students qualify and will be covered by the Warrior Promise.
Yes. Students who transfer to ESU from another college or university qualify and will be covered by the Warrior Promise. Their entering tuition rate will be guaranteed for 8 consecutive regular semesters without regard to the number of credits transferred in.
Yes. Undergraduates who are being readmitted to ESU will, upon their return, be covered by the Warrior Promise and will have their tuition rate guaranteed for the next 8 consecutive regular semesters.
Yes. Part time degree seeking undergraduates qualify. They will be covered by the Warrior Promise and will be placed in a Warrior Promise cohort when they enroll. They will be charged a fixed pro-rated per credit rate based on the Warrior Promise rate in effect at the time they enrolled.
Students have 8 consecutive regular semesters at their Warrior Promise cohort’s rate whether they are part time or full time degree seeking undergraduates.
Yes. Second Bachelor’s Degree students will be covered by the Warrior Promise and will be placed in a Warrior Promise cohort when they enroll in the post baccalaureate program. The tuition rate will remain unchanged for 8 consecutive regular semesters. In that 8 semester period the student may complete as many undergraduate degrees, majors, minors, and certificates as they chose.
No. There is no sign up required for NEW undergraduates. The Warrior Promise is ESU’s only tuition rate for NEW undergraduate students.
Currently enrolled undergraduate students will have an opportunity to OPT IN to participate and have their tuition fixed for 8 consecutive regular semesters. Such a decision may be appropriate depending on the number of credits a student has earned and the time they expect to remain in school. Please see Warrior Promise information for current students.
The Warrior Promise does not affect the value of any of ESU’s renewable tuition scholarships. All of ESU’s renewable tuition scholarships maintain their value provided the renewal criteria are met.
A student who defers or delays their enrollment will be placed in a Warrior Promise cohort when they enroll.
The student will be placed in a Warrior Promise cohort and charged the tuition rate in effect for that academic year for 8 consecutive regular semesters.
Undergraduate students who first enroll in the summer will pay the tuition rate in effect for that summer term. When the student enrolls for the fall semester, the Warrior Promise tuition rate in effect for that entering fall cohort will begin and continue for 8 consecutive regular semesters.
Yes. The Warrior Promise tuition rate will remain unchanged for 8 consecutive regular semesters. In that cohort period a student may complete as many undergraduate degrees, majors, minors, and certificates as they chose.
No. the Warrior Promise applies only to undergraduate coursework. A person who earns their undergraduate degree in less than 8 consecutive regular semesters may use the remaining time to take additional undergraduate courses and may, in so doing, earn additional credentials or fulfill undergraduate course prerequisites for admission to graduate or professional programs. A person considering such action should consult with a financial aid staff member to determine if there are any limitations on federal or state financial aid eligibility.
Undergraduate degree seeking students have 8 consecutive regular semesters at the Warrior Promise tuition rate to complete a bachelor’s degree. Having a Graduation Application form on file does not reduce the number of consecutive regular semesters available.
Students participating in an international exchange or a study abroad program with enrollment through ESU will retain their original Warrior Promise tuition rate. In these cases, students are enrolled in Study Abroad placeholder courses at ESU (usually SCHD 100), thereby maintaining continuous enrollment at ESU.
Students who complete two or more semesters of an international exchange or a study abroad program, by enrolling through an institution other than ESU, will be placed into the current Warrior Promise tuition cohort in effect at the time of their return to ESU.
Students who do not enroll at ESU for one regular (fall or spring) semester retain their original Warrior Promise tuition rate. However, the non-enrollment semester does count as one of the 8 regular semesters at that Warrior Promise tuition rate. The Warrior Promise tuition rate will not be extended a semester as a result of non-enrollment.
Students who do not enroll at ESU for two or more regular (fall or spring) semesters lose their original Warrior Promise tuition rate. Students lose their original Warrior Promise tuition rate whether the two or more missed semesters are consecutive or nonconsecutive. Returning students will be placed into the prevailing Warrior Promise cohort in effect at the time of their return to ESU, and will have 8 consecutive regular semesters at that rate.
Students needing a 9th or 10th semester in which to complete their bachelor’s degree would revert to the least expensive guaranteed rate (the rate that rising fourth-year students would be paying) in effect at that time.
For example, students who first enrolled in fall 2018 at the 2018 Warrior Promise rate who did not complete their degree by spring 2022 AND had not missed two regular (fall/spring) semesters in the interim would pay the 2019 Warrior Promise rate for fall 2023 and spring 2024 (their 9th and 10th semesters).
Students eligible to participate are degree seeking full and part-time undergraduates enrolled on ESU’s main campus in East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania.
All other students, including, but not limited to, graduate students, domestic and international exchange students, dual enrolled high school students, concurrent enrolled students, non-degree students, and students pursuing only a certificate program are not eligible to participate in the program.
No. Participation in the Warrior Promise is limited to those undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program as described above. Students taking courses who are not in a degree program do not qualify for participation. Non-degree students will, as they are presently, be charged the tuition rate established for that current year and any tuition increases for future years.
No. Concurrent students do not qualify for the Warrior Promise tuition rate. Concurrent students pay the tuition rate established for that current year, and they are responsible for any tuition increases in future years.
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