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Johnson C. Smith University won't raise tuition for next year

Johnson C. Smith University has decided not to increase tuition for next school year. For the third year in a row, the cost of tuition at Johnson C. Smith University will be the same. University officials say they heard from many students last year who decided to switch colleges because they couldn't afford the school. Benny Smith, a university spokesman, says the school hopes keeping tuition steady will mean it can attract and hold on to more students. "We just felt that with everything that's happening in the economy with the economic downturn that this could be our way of helping our students continue their education," says Smith. Johnson C. Smith University last froze tuition in 1974. UNC Charlotte also plans to keep tuition the same for next year. But annual fees for students could go up by $143. Tuition at Queens University will rise 3 percent next year. School officials say that's a much smaller increase than in most years.