WASHINGTON, Pa. (Feb. 10, 2012)—Washington & Jefferson College will celebrate its annual Tuition Freedom Day Feb. 21 to recognize, educate and acknowledge philanthropy and the generosity of others to the College.
“Tuition costs only cover about 68 percent of the cost of a W&J education,” said Lori Dougherty, W&J annual fund officer. “Gifts from alumni, parents and friends make up the difference and we want our students and the campus community to recognize and appreciate their generosity.”
Gifts to the W&J Fund have an immediate impact on the College by providing crucial support for the programs related to financial aid, student activities, faculty recruitment and athletics, Dougherty added.
W&J’s Tuition Freedom Day was celebrated for the first time in 2010.
“Without gifts from alumni, parents and friends, tuition would need to increase, on average, $9,000 per year. That is a huge annual investment in our students,” Dougherty said.
To celebrate Tuition Freedom Day, students will sign a banner thanking all donors for their contributions to the College. In addition, the campus will be decorated with gift tags to educate students, staff, faculty, and visitors on the direct impact donors have on the College and students. Each gift tag will display a QR code for students to scan and enter to win a contest.
Students can also submit a video or slideshow thanking alumni, parents and friends for their gifts to W&J. The student with the winning video will win a $150 VISA gift card.
For more information on Tuition Freedom Day, visit www.washjeff.edu/tfd.