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In an attempt to increase affordable options for students to stay on track or accelerate the path to graduation, ASU is offering reduced summer tuition rates this year.

Summer classes are charged by credit hour for all students, and both undergraduate and graduate students will see a decrease in per-credit-hour rates from last year.

Resident undergraduate rates per credit hour have been reduced to $325 from $428 last year, while resident graduate rates per credit hour have been reduced to $473 from $509.

“It will definitely benefit students in comparison to last year because we have lowered the actual per-credit-hour rate,” ASU spokeswoman Sharon Keeler said.

Keeler also said many students prefer summer classes to traditional semester-long courses for various reasons.

“[Summer classes] run in five- or eight-week sessions,” she said. “So if you’re just taking one class over eight weeks, it’s sometimes more manageable than taking three classes in a normal term.”

Up to seven credit hours can be taken during each five-week session, or nine credit hours in the eight-week session, for a maximum total of 14 hours over the entire summer.

For many students, that is equivalent to a full semester of classes.

“The whole incentive for students, when you talk about what is the benefit for them, is they can catch up on degree requirements or shorten their degree time,” Keeler said. “For some students that want to do that, it’s a great opportunity to do so.”

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