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College is already expensive enough so when your college decides to increase its tuition rate by thousands of dollars each year, it is understandable why you might be upset.

Unfortunately, this is a common scenario.

This year, the average private college increased its tuition rate by 3.7% and the average public college by 2.9%, amounting to up to $3,000 per year or $12,000 over four years. Luckily, some schools are trying to reverse this trend offering incoming students tuition guarantees.

A tuition guarantee is when a college gives all incoming freshman a tuition rate and promises to keep that rate the same for them during all four years of college even if the official price of tuition increases. Some of the schools on the list below guarantee a tuition lock for all entering students. Others require students to select a tuition guarantee plan which usually locks in your tuition at a higher rate than the published price during your freshman year but gives you a rate that is forecast to be significantly lower than the price tag during your senior year, resulting in net savings over four years.

You can find each college’s specific policy on the links below.

Ultimately, choosing a tuition guarantee college will give you increased predictability in planning your college finances and help you keep student loans to a minimum.

Alaska Pacific University Anchorage, AK

The Guaranteed Consolidated Tuition Plan 

Angelo State University San Angelo, TX

Fixed Tuition Plan

Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI

Tuition Guarantee Plan

Austin State University Austin, TX

Fixed-Rate Tuition Plan

Baylor University Waco, TX

Guaranteed Tuition Option

Berkeley College – NY and NJ locations

Tuition Freeze Policy

Capitol Technology University Laurel, MD

Tuition Lock

Chicago State University Chicago, IL

Four-Year Guaranteed Tuition Plan

Clearwater Christian College Clearwater, FL

Cost Freeze Program

Cleary University – Howell and Ann Arbor, MI

Tuition Guarantee

College of St. Joseph Rutland, VT

Provider Scholarship

Columbia College Columbia, MO

Fixed Rate Tuition Program

Eastern Illinois University – Charleston, IL

Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan

George Washington University Washington DC

GW Fixed Tuition 

Governors State University – University Park, IL

Tuition Guarantee

Hardin-Simmons University Abilene, TX

Tuition Guarantee

Hiram College Hiram, OH

The Hiram College Tuition Guarantee

Huntingdon College Montgomery, AL

Fixed Tuition

Illinois State University Normal, IL

Frozen Tuition Rates

Immaculata University Immaculata, PA

Fixed Tuition

Kettering University Flint, MI

Fixed-Tuition Guarantee

Lamar University – Beaumont, TX

Guaranteed Price Plan

Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, TX

Fixed Rate Designated Tuition Plans

New Saint Andrews College – Moscow, ID

Tuition Lock 

Nordland College – Ashland, WI

The Nordland Tuition Guarantee

Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL

Tuition Guarantee Plan

Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL

Guaranteed Tuition

Ohio University – Athens, OH

Ohio Guarantee

Oklahoma City University – Oklahoma City, OK

Locked Rate

Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX

Guaranteed Tuition Plan

Sam Houston State University – Huntsville, TX

Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan

Sewanee – University of the South – Sewanee, TN

Four-Year Tuition Guarantee

Southern Illinois University Carbondale – Carbondale, IL

Guaranteed Tuition Stabilization Plan

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – Edwardsville, IL

Guaranteed Tuition

Stephen F. Austin State University – Nacogdoches, TX

Fixed Rate Tuition Plan

St. Johns University – New York, NY

Fixed Rate Tuition Plan

Sull Ross State University – Eagle Pass, TX

Guaranteed Price Plan

Tarleton State University – Stephensville, TX

Guaranteed Tuition Plan

Texas A&M University – College Station, TX

Locked-Rate Tuition Policy

Texas A&M University, Central Texas – Killeen, TX

Guaranteed Tuition and Fee Plan

Texas A&M International University – Laredo, TX

The Fixed Tuition and Fee Plan

Texas A&M University, Commerce – Commerce, TX

Guaranteed Tuition Cohort Plan

Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi – Corpus Christi, TX

Guarantee Tuition and Fee Plans

Texas A&M University at Galveston – Galveston, TX

Guaranteed Tuition Plan

Texas A&M University, Kingsville – Kingsville, TX

Guaranteed Tuition and Fees

Texas A&M University, Texarkana – Texarkana, TX

Guaranteed Tuition and Fee Program

Texas Southern University – Houston, TX

Fixed Rate Tuition Plan

Texas State University – San Marcos, TX

Guaranteed Price Plan

Texas Tech University – Lubbock, TX

Fixed Tuition

Texas Women’s University – Denton, Dallas, and Houston, TX

Fixed Tuition Price Plan

Thomas College – Waterville, ME

Guaranteed Tuition

University of Colorado, Boulder  – Boulder, CO

Out-of-State Tuition Guarantee

University of Dayton – Dayton, OH

Four-Year Tuition Plan

University of Houston – Houston and Victoria, TX

Fixed Tuition Rate Plan

University of Illinois at Chicago – Chicago, IL

Guaranteed Tuition Plan

University of Illinois at Springfield – Springfield, IL

Guaranteed Tuition Program

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign – Champaign, IL

Guaranteed Tuition Plan

University of Kansas – Lawrence, KS

Tuition Compact

University of North Texas – Denton, TX

Eagle Express Tuition Plan

University of North Texas at Dallas – Dallas, TX

“Focus” Fixed Tuition Plan

University of Texas, Arlington – Arlington, TX

Fixed Rate Tuition Plan

University of Texas, Austin – Austin, TX

Longhorn Fixed Tuition

University of Texas, Dallas – Dallas, Texas

Guaranteed Tuition Plan

University of Texas, El Paso – El Paso, TX

Guaranteed Tuition Plan

University of Texas at the Permian Basin – Odessa, TX

Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan

University of Texas, San Antonio – San Antonio, TX

Guaranteed Tuition Plan

University of Texas, Tyler – Tyler, TX

Guaranteed Tuition Rate Plan

Western Illinois University – Macomb, IL

Cost Guarantee

West Texas A&M University – Canyon, TX

Guaranteed Tuition & Fee Plan

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