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Dartmouth Tuition Up 3.8 Percent

Hanover — The cost of a Dartmouth College education will rise 3.8 percent next year, which represents the smallest tuition hike at the Ivy League school in more than a decade and follows last year’s record increase.

But undergraduates will still fork over $45,445 for tuition, which is $1,664 more than students are paying this year and represents a 3.8 increase percent as well. The total cost of attending Dartmouth — including tuition, plus room, board and mandatory fees, is rising to $60,201. The tuition rates also apply to students in graduate studies programs and the Thayer School of Engineering.

At the same time, Dartmouth is budgeting $82 million for scholarship awards, which is a 6 percent increase over the current $77 million that will be spent on scholarships this year. About 45 percent of students receive financial aid.

Next year’s increase of 3.8 percent for tuition, room and board is the lowest increase since the 2001- 02 academic year, when costs went up 3.8 percent. At the time, tuition, room and board cost $34,458.

Last year Dartmouth capped a decade of steadily rising costs for tuition, room and board with a record 5.9 percent increase for the 2011 - 2012 academic year.

In comparison, Brown University’s tuition for academic year 2013-14 is $44,608. With room, board and fees, Brown students will pay $57,232 next year. At Princeton University, students will pay $40,170 in tuition, with total cost of tuition, room and board and fees is expected to be $56,750, according to the university’s website.

Students at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth will see a tuition increase of 5.5 percent to $53,432, and students at the Tuck School of Business will see a 4.9 percent increase to $58,935.

The Dartmouth Board of Trustees also approved a $981 million operating budget for fiscal year 2014, an increase of $47 million from the current year.

The college will also have a $38 million capital budget for renovations, building planning, energy conservation and computer services.

The college also estimates that it will tap $187 million from the endowment for operating and non-operating expenses, which is about 5.2 percent of the endowment’s value as of Dec. 31, 2012. Funds from the endowment will pay for about 19 percent of the college’s operating budget.

The board also approved $116.5 million to fund the Williamson Translational Research Building at Geisel School of Medicine’s campus in Lebanon. The money will pay for the building’s construction and equipment.

The building will be used for academic, research and clinical programs aimed at finding discoveries in patient care.

Sarah Brubeck can be reached at sbrubeck@vnews.com or 603-727-3223.