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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have a big idea for young people to afford to be able to go to college, where tuitions are going up.’
    • ‘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determine how many students from foreign countries (who pay hefty tuitions to attend American universities) might have withdrawn from school because of the terrorism.’
    • ‘They want lower college tuitions, better social services, and lower car taxes.’
    • ‘Many cannot afford to pay for college, as tuitions rise and government scholarships are cut.’
    • ‘Last year alone, more than 25 state colleges and universities systems increased their tuitions by 10-20% over inflation.’
    • ‘Another consequence was that college tuitions went up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But will such programs merely push tuitions higher rather than reduce the net cost of colleges?’
    • ‘All their kids' college tuitions were being paid out of the corporation.’
    • ‘The costly college game: how will low-income students attain degrees when tuitions continue to increase and customary sources of financial aid remain stagnant?’
    • ‘Because of fast-increasing college tuitions, the total cost of loan defaults is higher now than it was a decade ago.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These moves come as college tuitions continue to increase far more rapidly than the rate of inflation.’
    • ‘While college tuitions have soared 30 percent in the last four years, scholarship grants have been cut back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The major points being made by the analogy are that colleges can estimate costs and set tuitions, fees, and requests accordingly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most people would dream of vacations and new cars and college tuitions paid in full.’
    1. 1.1 Teaching or instruction, especially of individual pupils or small groups.
      ‘private tuition in French’
      • ‘At this time he earned a living giving private tuition and teaching in schools.’
      • ‘Many students already pay their tuition fees with loans, which they pay back later after graduation.’
      • ‘I have paid a small fortune in tuition fees to my local pool to teach both my children to swim.’
      • ‘But we are also worried that tuition fees will discourage young people from studying.’
      • ‘Pupils had top tuition from an Olympic artist and may even get to display their work in Athens next month.’
      • ‘The rich always educated themselves through a mixture of private tuition and small elite schools.’
      • ‘All names are placed in a hat and eight lucky names pulled are invited on stage for individual impromptu tuition.’
      • ‘The government introduced tuition fees too quickly not giving individuals time to save money to pay for them.’
      • ‘As the law stands, a person on the register is barred from teaching in state schools but not from private tuition.’
      • ‘The boat is designed to accommodate a wide range of disabilities, as well as an instructor who provides tuition.’
      • ‘Students are under a lot of financial pressure now they have to pay means-tested tuition fees.’
      • ‘The scholarship, though, covered only his tuition fees, so he needed some way of supporting himself.’
      • ‘At his new school Thomas was classed as a special needs pupil and given extra educational support and tuition.’
      • ‘Each scholarship also covers music tuition fees for two instruments or for voice and an instrument.’
      • ‘The child is pushed from school to tuition teacher and failure becomes a part of life.’
      • ‘It is during this month that the parents start scouting for new schools and new tuition teachers.’
      • ‘Schooling consisting of private tuition for one hour a week is a very poor education.’
      • ‘Germany has almost two million students in higher education, the majority of whom do not pay any tuition fees.’
      • ‘The student union has also taken a stance opposing all differential tuition fees.’
      • ‘For now, where can you go to get Latin tuition for primary school children?’
      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.