Colleges That Offer to Lock in Tuition for a Fee

Some colleges sell tuition inflation protection

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 Several colleges offer students or parents willing to pay a premium over the standard freshman year tuition an opportunity to lock in that tuition price for four years, no matter how much tuition is raised in the meantime.  Of course, the colleges can, and typically do, raise other charges such as room and board. And there are other ways parents and students can protect themselves against tuition increases.

Unless otherwise noted, the premiums are above standard freshman rates for 2010.

School Amount of extra fee or premium
Baylor University
Waco, TX
About 11% more than freshman year tuition in 2009
Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, IA
$1,275/year
East Texas Baptist University
Marshall, TX
7.8%
Niagara University
Niagara University, NY
3.4% in 2009
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City, OK
7.9%
Oklahoma public universities 15%
University of Texas—El Paso
El Paso, TX
10.4% in 2009

Sources: the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and college websites.