University of Charleston
University of Charleston
Location: Charleston, WV
Tuition cut: 22%
Total tuition & fees: $19,500 (beginning in fall 2012)
Type of school: Private university
Number of students: 1,400

This month, the University of Charleston announced it will cut undergraduate tuition for the upcoming school year by $5,500 -- a 22% discount -- as part of an effort to make admission affordable for more families.

While tuition for returning students will technically remain at the former rate of $25,500, the college said it will dole out at least $6,000 in aid to each student so that they too won't pay more than $19,500 in tuition.

University president Edwin Welch said in a statement that too many families scrap the idea of applying to the university because of its price tag (although he stressed that few students pay the full tuition thanks to financial aid).

"This change will make a UC education more accessible to more students. We strive to be the best value private institution in the region," University President Edwin Welch said in a statement.

To make room for all the extra students it hopes to attract with the tuition cut, the college plans to expand its fast-track program for students who want to graduate early.

The University of Charleston, located in the capital of West Virginia and not far from the Appalachian Mountains, offers a liberal arts education with 23 majors.

Last updated November 15 2011: 8:26 AM ET
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