After thoughtful deliberation, the Board of Visitors of George Mason University decided to freeze law school tuition for the upcoming year Wednesday during their quarterly meeting. Law tuition will remain the same though 2016-17 for current and incoming student alike, allowing the university community to breathe a little easier financially.

“One thing we understand is law and economics,” said Dan Polsby, dean of the law school. “Law school tuition went up more than fifty percent in the past seven years. This isn’t a business plan that can be sustained. The Board’s move recognizes that demand for legal education is changing, and that we must change with it. Our applicants can now apply to a top-tier law school with confidence that they will be able to manage the cost of their education.”

While George Mason is recognized as the least expensive competitive law school in the region, this move just goes to show that those charged with running the law school empathize with students who have to deal with an incredible amount of loan debt nowadays. George Mason wants to maintain the amount of talent it attracts each year, but understands that in order to do so it must offer an affordable price.

“Students choose Mason for three reasons: location, quality of education, and price,” Polsby added. “The location and quality they could always count on. Now they’ll be able to count on price as well.”

This isn’t the first time George Mason has sought to alleviate the financial burden placed on its community. In fact, just last year the school offered scholarships to 73 percent of its first-year law students.

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