THEN: One hundred years ago, a year at Randolph-Macon
may have cost a student as little as $200. For the 1899-1900 academic year, students
were charged a $7.50 matriculation fee and a $3 medical fee for each half-session
(semester) at the college and a departmental tuition fee of $20, or $37.50 for three
or more departments. Rooms in the college buildings were free, but $2.50 per half
session was charged for apparatus , bathroom use, etc. in the physical culture department,
and students paid a $5 laboratory fee for chemical, physical, and biological courses.
Randolph-Macon students made their own arrangements for meals, usually paying $9
to $12 a month for three meals a day at a private boarding house on or near campus.
NOW: Tuition at Randolph-Macon this year is
$17,160. Students are awarded financial aid under a program of scholarships, grants,
loans, and on-campus jobs. Approximately 49% of Randolph-Macon students receive
financial aid based upon documented financial need. Dormitory and apartment room
fees range between $2,190 - $2,665 for the year. Students choosing from various
meal plans will spend around $2,000 this year in the college's dining hall.
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