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Tuition Freedom Day is April 11

April  11, 2011

The Augustana College community is honoring the generosity of donors by observing today, Monday, April 11, as Tuition Freedom Day. This day marks a transition when financial gifts begin to cover students' educational costs through the summer.

The college denotes this day each year to educate the campus community and acknowledge the philanthropic support received from sources including alumni, parents, friends of the college, local foundations and businesses. These gifts provide ongoing support of Augustana in pursuing its mission, and reduce the cost of attending by providing financial resources that support learning experiences, research and service-learning programs worldwide, athletics, music and fine arts.

Augustana students pay only 60 percent of the cost for their education through tuition and fees, and the college does not depend on state funds for offering and maintaining its outstanding academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs.

"Though generous contributions of our alumni, parents and friends, we are better able to attract talented students and enrich their experience while they are at Augustana," said Lynn Jackson, vice president of Advancement. "Alumni know their investment will insure that future students will also benefit from the wonderful opportunities at Augustana College. They tell me often, for them giving back feels right and good and they are happy to help the next generation."