Skip to Content

Thomas Aquinas College to Keep Tuition Level for Fifth Straigh Year

December 7, 2016
10,000 Ojai Road
Santa Paula CA 93060
Contact: Anne Forsyth, Director of College Relations
(805) 525-4417      


Thomas Aquinas College to Keep Tuition Level for Fifth Straigh Year

Board of Governors offers relief to current and prospective students


SANTA PAULA, CA—December 7—Thomas Aquinas College’s Board of Governors recently voted to continue the school’s freeze on the cost of tuition and room & board. For the fifth consecutive year, tuition at the Catholic college will remain at $24,500, and room and board at $7,950, bringing the total cost of attendance, including books and fees, to $32,450, well below the average of $43,921 for private, non-profit, 4-year Bachelor’s colleges in the United States, according to The College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges (2015).

Dr. Michael F. McLean, President of Thomas Aquinas College, said that it is important that a quality education remain within reach of young people eager to pursue it. “We are determined to make attendance at Thomas Aquinas College as affordable for students as we can,” said McLean. “And we are grateful to the benefactors who supply what is needed for the 70% of students for whom our relatively low cost of attendance is beyond reach.”

The Princeton Review recently ranked Thomas Aquinas College as one of only 10 colleges in the country on its 2017 “Financial Aid Honor Roll,” giving it its highest rating (99) in that category. In addition, U.S. News & World Report lists the 4-year, Catholic college as No. 24 among the Top 40 national liberal arts colleges on its 2017 Best Values list. Similarly, Kiplinger’s 2016 rankings place the college at No. 12 on its list of the country’s “Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges” nationwide and at No. 22 among all colleges and universities in the country.

About Thomas Aquinas College

Thomas Aquinas College has developed a solid reputation for academic excellence in the United States and abroad. At Thomas Aquinas College, there are no majors, no minors, or electives because all students acquire a broad and fully integrated liberal education. The College offers one 4-year, classical curriculum that spans the major arts and sciences. Instead of reading textbooks, students read the original works of the greatest thinkers in Western civilization — the Great Books — in all the major disciplines: mathematics, natural science, literature, philosophy, and theology. Rather than listening to lectures, they engage in rigorous Socratic discussions about these works in classes of 15-18 students. The academic life of the college is conducted under the light of the Catholic faith and flourishes within a close-knit community, supported by a vibrant spiritual life. Genuinely committed to upholding civic virtue and leading lives dedicated to the good of others, Thomas Aquinas College graduates enter a wide array of fields where they are a powerful force for good in the Church and in the culture. Well-versed in rational discourse, they become leaders in education, law, medicine, journalism, public policy, military service, and business. In addition, a steady 10% of alumni go on to the priesthood or religious life.