Definition of tuition in US English:



North American
  • 1A sum of money charged for teaching or instruction by a school, college, or university.

    ‘I'm not paying next year's tuition’
    • ‘But will such programs merely push tuitions higher rather than reduce the net cost of colleges?’
    • ‘At a time when rising tuitions are pricing many working-class Americans out of a college education, the upscale campus is becoming the base of American progressivism.’
    • ‘They also wanted to determine how many students from foreign countries (who pay hefty tuitions to attend American universities) might have withdrawn from school because of the terrorism.’
    • ‘The costly college game: how will low-income students attain degrees when tuitions continue to increase and customary sources of financial aid remain stagnant?’
    • ‘The major points being made by the analogy are that colleges can estimate costs and set tuitions, fees, and requests accordingly.’
    • ‘Most people would dream of vacations and new cars and college tuitions paid in full.’
    • ‘Last year alone, more than 25 state colleges and universities systems increased their tuitions by 10-20% over inflation.’
    • ‘All their kids' college tuitions were being paid out of the corporation.’
    • ‘Many cannot afford to pay for college, as tuitions rise and government scholarships are cut.’
    • ‘They want lower college tuitions, better social services, and lower car taxes.’
    • ‘We have a big idea for young people to afford to be able to go to college, where tuitions are going up.’
    • ‘These moves come as college tuitions continue to increase far more rapidly than the rate of inflation.’
    • ‘Because of fast-increasing college tuitions, the total cost of loan defaults is higher now than it was a decade ago.’
    • ‘Whether they have the money, and even if the public institution is charging substantially higher tuitions, graduate students seem willing to do what's needed to reach their personal goals.’
    • ‘Another consequence was that college tuitions went up.’
    • ‘While college tuitions have soared 30 percent in the last four years, scholarship grants have been cut back.’
    • ‘The result is more confusion in the bureaucracy of universities, higher tuitions, cuts in departments and spending overall.’
    • ‘I believe we can no longer stand by and allow hard-working students to miss out on the opportunity for a college degree simply because of skyrocketing tuitions.’
    • ‘All he's done is transfer the cost of programs from the federal government to individuals, who are now paying a lot more out of their own pockets for property taxes, college tuitions and health care.’
    • ‘At the same time, private colleges and universities relentlessly raised their tuitions by a much greater annual percentage than the increases in state appropriations for higher education.’
    1. 1.1 Teaching or instruction, especially of individual pupils or small groups.
      ‘private tuition in French’
      • ‘I have paid a small fortune in tuition fees to my local pool to teach both my children to swim.’
      • ‘Many students already pay their tuition fees with loans, which they pay back later after graduation.’
      • ‘At his new school Thomas was classed as a special needs pupil and given extra educational support and tuition.’
      • ‘It is during this month that the parents start scouting for new schools and new tuition teachers.’
      • ‘The scholarship, though, covered only his tuition fees, so he needed some way of supporting himself.’
      • ‘The rich always educated themselves through a mixture of private tuition and small elite schools.’
      • ‘At this time he earned a living giving private tuition and teaching in schools.’
      • ‘The student union has also taken a stance opposing all differential tuition fees.’
      • ‘As the law stands, a person on the register is barred from teaching in state schools but not from private tuition.’
      • ‘For now, where can you go to get Latin tuition for primary school children?’
      • ‘Each scholarship also covers music tuition fees for two instruments or for voice and an instrument.’
      • ‘Pupils had top tuition from an Olympic artist and may even get to display their work in Athens next month.’
      • ‘The government introduced tuition fees too quickly not giving individuals time to save money to pay for them.’
      • ‘Students are under a lot of financial pressure now they have to pay means-tested tuition fees.’
      • ‘All names are placed in a hat and eight lucky names pulled are invited on stage for individual impromptu tuition.’
      • ‘The boat is designed to accommodate a wide range of disabilities, as well as an instructor who provides tuition.’
      • ‘The child is pushed from school to tuition teacher and failure becomes a part of life.’
      • ‘But we are also worried that tuition fees will discourage young people from studying.’
      • ‘Germany has almost two million students in higher education, the majority of whom do not pay any tuition fees.’
      • ‘Schooling consisting of private tuition for one hour a week is a very poor education.’
      teaching, instruction, coaching, tutoring, lessons, tutorials, education, schooling, tutelage, pedagogy, andragogy
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘custody, care’): via Old French from Latin tuitio(n-), from tueri ‘to watch, guard’. Current senses date from the late 16th century.