“David Geffen’s visionary generosity ensures that artists of extraordinary potential from all socioeconomic backgrounds will be able to cultivate their talent at Yale”
This is an excellent reminder that there is no such thing as ‘free’ college. Someone has to pay for it.
Inside Higher Ed reports:
Yale Drama School Goes Tuition-Free After Major Gift
Yale University’s drama school is now tuition-free, compliments of a $150 million gift from billionaire entertainment executive and philanthropist David Geffen.
The newly named David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University will no longer charge tuition for degree- and certificate-seeking students starting in fall 2021, the university announced Wednesday.
“David Geffen’s visionary generosity ensures that artists of extraordinary potential from all socioeconomic backgrounds will be able to cultivate their talent at Yale,” Peter Salovey, president of Yale, said in a statement. “It is exciting to think about what will be made possible by increasing access to the premier theater education at the David Geffen School of Drama.”
The school enrolls about 200 students and admits about 60 new students each year, Karen Peart, a spokesperson for Yale, said in an email. Tuition costs for the most recent academic year totaled $33,800. Students will still have to pay for living expenses, supplies and books, which are estimated to cost up to $22,268. The tuition remission is not retroactive, but it will apply to both new and returning students.
The decision to no longer charge tuition comes 16 years after the Yale School of Music went tuition-free in 2005 after receiving a $100 million gift from anonymous donors.
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