Citing the worsening economy, Wheeling Jesuit University is freezing undergraduate tuition for the 2009-10 school year.
"Higher learning is a critically important reality in American culture. It's also expensive," School President the Rev. Julio Giulietti said in a statement. "Although Wheeling Jesuit University has always tried to keep the seemingly inevitable rise of tuition at an affordable rate, the present national and international financial crisis demands a more radical response."
Undergraduate tuition is $23,590 per year.
About 1,200 students attend the Catholic campus, of which about 850 are undergraduates, campus spokesman Brent Bush said today.
The school in recent weeks has sent letters to families saying the school would work to help ensure a college education at Wheeling Jesuit remains within their reach.