May 19, 2020 BK LI

BROOKLYN and PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – May 19, 2020 – In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the financial burden it is posing for students and families, St. Joseph’s College, New York (SJC) has announced that tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year will be frozen at its current year’s rates.

The decision was announced to the College community on Monday, May 18 in a memo from SJC President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D.

“We recognize that this step is a serious one, as costs incurred by the institution to prepare and support the current modes of remote learning will be quite high,” said Dr. Boomgaarden. “Even so, I felt strongly, and our Board of Trustees agreed, that we must consider the gravity of the crisis for our entire region when making decisions about the future.”

Keeping the health and safety of SJC’s students, faculty and staff at the forefront, the College has assembled the SJC Fall Task Force charged with researching and developing contingency plans for moving forward with instruction and operations for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

“The College reaffirms its continued commitment to providing its students with a high-quality experience – incorporating the best we have to offer in terms of academics and opportunities for a vibrant student life experience – no matter the modality employed,” said Dr. Boomgaarden.

With tuition rates among some of the lowest of private colleges in the New York metropolitan region, SJC is dedicated to providing a quality education and degrees of value at an affordable cost. 

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St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in 50 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.