To help ease the financial burden that the coronavirus and its attendant lockdowns have inflicted on students and their families, the Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors has voted to freeze the cost of tuition and room & board for the 2021-2022 academic year.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing governmental countermeasures have rendered the global economy highly volatile,” says President Michael F. McLean. “By helping to keep our students’ education costs stable, we hope to do our part to support their families, many of whom are suffering from unemployment or reduced income during these difficult times.”

Tuition at both the California and New England campuses will remain at $26,000, and room & board fees at $9,400. Thus the total cost of attendance, including books and all fees, will be $35,400 — well below the national average of $53,102 for private, nonprofit institutions.

“We are deeply grateful to the College’s benefactors, whose generosity allows us to subsidize our tuition rate, thereby putting the cost of education within reach of many more families,” says Dr. McLean. “And for those families who need further assistance, our benefactors also make possible our robust financial-aid program, through which all qualified students — regardless of their financial status — can access the blessing of a Catholic liberal education.”

In the last few months, both U.S. News & World Report and the Washington Monthly have praised Thomas Aquinas College for its commitment to social mobility, or making a college education attainable to families of limited means. The Princeton Review named the College as one of only 20 on its list of “Great Financial Aid” schools, and Kiplinger has ranked it at the top of its list for “Best Value College” in the country.

“By God’s grace and through the sacrifices of many, we are able to maintain our founders’ commitment to affordability, even during difficult times,” says Dr. McLean. “We ask all to continue to pray for the College and for our nation as we look to overcome this pandemic.”