tu·​ition | \ tə-ˈwi-shən How to pronounce tuition (audio) , tyu̇-\

Definition of tuition

1 : the price of or payment for instruction
2 : the act or profession of teaching : instruction pursued his studies under private tuition
3 archaic : custody, guardianship

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tuitional \ tə-​ˈwish-​nəl How to pronounce tuitional (audio) , -​ˈwi-​shə-​nᵊl , tyu̇-​ \ adjective

Examples of tuition in a Sentence

Her uncle agreed to pay part of her tuition. There's going to be a tuition increase next year. Before the company transferred her to Mexico, they offered her private tuition in Spanish.
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The business school gets about that much in annual tuition now. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Land Holdings, Even Far From Campus, Lucrative for Some Colleges," 22 Jan. 2019 Missouri legislators voted down a measure this spring to let DACA students pay in-state tuition. New York Times, "Bulletin Board," 6 June 2018 The consolidated student fee rate will remain the same at 20 percent of in-county tuition. David Anderson, The Aegis, "With county and state funding on record, Harford Community College has $50.4M projected budget for FY2019," 15 May 2018 In April, the Arizona Supreme Court issued a ruling that bars public schools from offering DACA recipients in-state tuition. Maya Rhodan, Time, "These Dreamers' Future in America Is in Doubt. But They're Headed to College Anyway," 1 May 2018 In 2011, the General Assembly passed legislation allowing undocumented students to get in-state tuition. Sandra Gomez-aceves,, "House Passes Bill Giving Undocumented Students Access To Financial Aid; Measure Moves To Malloy," 26 Apr. 2018 Withdrawals from the accounts are tax-free if they are used to pay eligible education expenses such as college tuition, books, and often room and board. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: 529 Education Savings Accounts," 15 Feb. 2019 Also, stay organized with a spreadsheet that lists the school’s location, tuition, SAT requirements, application deadlines and other important information to avoid constantly searching back and forth. Fresh U, Teen Vogue, "9 Stages of Applying to College as a High School Senior," 11 Sep. 2018 McDonald's said in a statement that the chain will invest $150 million over the next five years into helping employees play for college tuition. Danielle Paquette,, "McDonald's workers block headquarters and chant, 'We can see your greedy side'," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of tuition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for tuition

Middle English tuicioun protection, from Anglo-French, from Latin tuition-, tuitio, from tueri to look at, look after

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English Language Learners Definition of tuition

: money that is paid to a school for the right to study there
formal : teaching that is done especially for a single person or small group


tu·​ition | \ tu̇-ˈi-shən How to pronounce tuition (audio) , tyu̇-\

Kids Definition of tuition

: money paid for instruction (as at a college)

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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