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Roger Williams University to freeze tuition

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Roger Williams University is freezing tuition for current undergraduate students and guaranteeing no hike over this year's cost for those who enroll in the next school year.

As part of its "Affordable Excellence Initiative," the university in Bristol is promising that the tuition rate of about $29,900 paid by current students won't increase during the next four years. Students who enroll in the 2013-14 year are also guaranteed the same tuition.

University President Donald Farish says the freeze is part of an effort to address the rising cost of college and the debt many students are forced to take on.

The school is also encouraging students to major and minor in a combination of liberal arts and professional programs to ensure they are prepared for the workforce.