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2014-15 Tuition Reduction Plan

Thursday, September 19, 2013

President Jim Towey today announced that Ave Maria University is reducing its tuition and fees by 22 percent, a move that will not result in any cuts to academic or student life.

Instead the reduction will maintain affordability, increase accessibility and uphold the 10-year-old University’s commitment to excellence, Towey said.

Tuition starting in the Fall of 2014 will be reduced to $17,940, which is a $5,060 decrease from this academic year’s tuition. Currently, students pay $23,000 in tuition and fees. Returning students next fall will enjoy a “tuition and fees freeze” for 2014-15 and pay the same amount, after AMU scholarships, that they are paying this year.

“I don’t believe any college or university in Florida provides the excellence and value we provide, nor is there a campus culture anywhere more suited to the spiritual and moral development of its students,’’ Towey said.

Class sizes and student-faculty ratios will remain small. More than 85 percent of the University’s classroom instruction is by professors with a Ph.D. or other terminal degree, not by graduate assistants and adjuncts, which is common throughout academia. Small class sizes and top-flight faculty will remain hallmarks of the University.

The average student at AMU pays less than an attendee at nearly all private colleges and universities in Florida and at Catholic universities nationwide.

“From its founding in 2003, Ave Maria University has sought to provide an excellent Catholic liberal arts education at a cost within the reach of as many families as possible,’’ Towey said. “Our students also graduate with a lower average debt burden than their peers.”

During the last 25 years, there has been an “affordability crisis” brewing in higher education. Tuition costs at American universities have spiraled out of control, increasing at more than four times the rate of inflation. The AMU tuition reduction will help families no longer willing to mire themselves in debt to pay exorbitant tuition costs or jump through complex and confusing financial aid hoops. This AMU plan will help decrease that debt and increase transparency in the financial aid system.

Towey said AMU can reduce its tuition and fees by $5,000 for two main reasons.

First, AMU’s budgetary cost controls are firmly in place and the streamlined administrative structure allows the University to operate in a cost-effective manner. Second, the reduction will be cost neutral for the budget because AMU expects to increase enrollment and thanks to Founder Tom Monaghan and other generous donors, the $250 million infrastructure in place is ready to accommodate this growth. With nearly 1,000 students from 48 states and 18 countries, AMU is ready for the student body to reach 1,500 by the fall of 2016.

“Ave Maria is fully prepared for the challenges which the “affordability crisis” presents to our nation,” Towey said. “We are ready for this next bold step. Our students and their families deserve nothing less.”

Follow this link to the Tuition Reduction Plan Flyer.



Observance of Constitution Day

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Department of Economics at Ave Maria University presents the following lecture in observance of Constitution Day, Tuesday, September 17, 2013. 
Tarren Bragdon, "The Constitution and Individual Liberty,”  5pm, Demetree Lecture Hall, Henkels Academic Building.  Free copies of the Constitution will be distributed to a selected number of attendees.
Tarren Bragdon is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability.  Tarren is a nationally recognized expert on health and welfare issues.  He has testified before committees of the U.S. House and Senate and before seven state legislative committees.  In 1996, he became the youngest person ever elected to the Maine House of Representatives.
Ave Maria University is pleased to honor and observe Constitution Day, September 17, 2013, the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution by the Constitutional Convention.



New Dean of Students Named

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vice President for Student Affairs and General Counsel William Kirk announced today that Julie Cosden has been promoted to the role of Dean of Students within Ave Maria University’s Division of Student Affairs. 

For the last five years, Cosden has served Ave Maria as Director of Student Life, responsible for the administration and oversight of virtually all student events and activities on campus, including various campus-wide concerts, lectures, weekly series and programming, and other social events.  Her responsibilities have included the management of more than fifty student organizations on campus, including the Student Government Association and the Student Activities Board.  While retaining her current responsibilities as Director of Student Life, in her role as Dean of Students, Julie will now manage several of the administrative facets of Campus Ministry, Intramural Athletics, the Rome Study Abroad Program, and Counseling Services.  As Dean of Students, Julie will be primarily responsible for meeting and responding to student needs outside the classroom and will also assist the Office of Residence Life and Housing in the administration of the student disciplinary processes.


Cosden came to Ave Maria in the summer of 2005, when she began working as a Residence Hall Director at the Interim Campus in Naples.  After working in Residence Life for two years, Julie worked for Admissions before moving back to the Division of Student Affairs as the Director of Student Life in 2008.  Last year, in addition to her role as Director of Student Life, Julie assumed the responsibilities of the Interim Director of Housing and Residence Life.  Originally from Philadelphia, Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from The Catholic University of America in 2003 and has completed all of her required coursework for a Master’s Degree in Systematic Theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, with hopes to graduate in May 2014.



The Enduring Legacy of Michael Novak

Thursday, September 12, 2013

At Ave Maria University, among friends, in celebration of his 80th birthday.



Ave Maria University Files Lawsuit Over Controversial Obamacare Mandate

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ave Maria University will file suit against the federal government, renewing the University’s efforts to fight the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. 

“The Obama administration’s mandate that seeks to coerce Ave Maria University to cooperate with its scheme to make abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and other contraceptive services available to employees under our employer-provided health plan, is unconstitutional and a violation of Federal law, and today we are suing to prevent its enforcement,” University President Jim Towey said Thursday.

In March, the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, granted the motion by the Defendants (Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al) to dismiss Ave Maria University’s lawsuit. At that time, the dismissal was made on technical legal grounds - so-called “ripeness” – because the federal regulations in question are not in final form. 

Now that the regulations have been finalized, President Towey says he believes this lawsuit is a logical next step, and perhaps the only way, to preserve the rights of religious groups.

“The Obama administration seems hell-bent on denying faith-based organizations their rights of conscience and religious freedom,” he said. 

On January 1, 2014, the so-called “safe harbor” protection the University now enjoys will no longer exist, and the Obama administration’s contraception mandate will be in full force. 

 “..the fines with which the Obama administration threatens to compel Ave Maria’s compliance – $100 per day, per beneficiary, totally as much as $7 million in fines annually – seem to have the intended effect of forcing us to choose to either violate our religious beliefs or face bankruptcy,” President Towey said.  “Ave Maria University will not violate its core religious beliefs, wash our hands like Pontius Pilate, and surrender to the Obama administration’s coercive mandate.” 


Click here for AMU Pres. Jim Towey's Statement.

Click here for PDF version.



Save the Date!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Open House – Saturday, September 21, 2013

Noon to 3:00 p.m.


Take a Campus Tour!


Meet AMU President H. James Towey, former senior advisor to the President of the United States, and a friend and legal counsel for 12 years to Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.


Speak with representatives from the Offices of Student Life, Financial Aid, Athletics.


Please register online or call 239-280-2556



A Latin American Pope Goes to Rio

Friday, August 2, 2013

New York Post editorial-page editor and AMU Board of Trustees member William McGurn considers the enduring appeal of World Youth Day, celebrated most recently in Rio de Janeiro, when Pope Francis welcomed an enthusiastic crowd estimated at 3 million.



Gyrenes Represented in the NYCBL All Star Game

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Two Ave Maria University baseball players, infielder Aaron Pigna (Jr., Miami, FL) and pitcher Austin Munn (So., Lafayette, IN), have been selected to participate in the NYCBL (New York Collegiate Baseball League) All-Star game, to be held in Geneva, NY on July 9th.



Jim Towey on the Supreme Court’s “Quiet Hit on Obamacare”

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

This week’s Supreme Court rulings on issues from same-sex marriage to racial quotas to the Voting Rights Act are dominating headlines. But its decision last Thursday limiting the conditions the government can attach to federal grants may be a sleeper in terms of its impact. 



AMU Instructor of Literature and Italian, Dr. Deana Basile Kelly, wrote this travel piece on Siena, Italy for the NCR

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A medieval city that buzzes with 21st-century living, Siena has pulled me back time and again into its orbit of medieval traditions, civic pride and religious devotion.


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