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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Other Words from tuition

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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Recent Examples on the Web The full-tuition scholarship can be used for any of the university’s master’s degrees. USA TODAY, "Space Camp, isolated senators, Yakov Smirnoff: News from around our 50 states," 30 July 2020 The campus announced Wednesday that graduate students will get a 5 percent tuition break, bringing the cost-per-credit hour in graduate programs down from $2,214 to $2,103.30. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, "Georgetown University reverses plans, will start fall semester online," 29 July 2020 International students typically pay the highest tuition rates and rarely are eligible for scholarships. Collin Binkley, Houston Chronicle, "More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule," 13 July 2020 International students pay a higher out-of-state rate, but the average in-state full-time undergraduate, with 15 credit hours per semester, will pay about $10,000 tuition for the academic year at UTSA. Alia Malik,, "UT San Antonio, going mostly virtual, will work to preserve visas of international students with in-person classes," 10 July 2020 These students have often had to navigate a complex web of immigration laws and have traditionally also paid higher tuition — often without financial aid — than students who are American citizens. Shraddha Chakradhar, STAT, "‘I feel like I am not welcome’: Medical, doctoral students from abroad grapple with uncertainty from new ICE rules," 10 July 2020 The Grafton School District must reimburse a mother who spent $78,000 a year in tuition, plus expenses, for her son to attend a private boarding school that specializes in learning disabilities, a federal judge in Milwaukee said Wednesday. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Grafton School District loses appeal, must reimburse parent for private school tuition," 10 July 2020 The tuition cut would cost about $9.5 million to $10 million annually, university President Christopher Eisgruber said in an interview. Janet Lorin,, "Harvard and Princeton Say Some Students Can Return This Year," 10 July 2020 Many schools have also come to depend on revenue from international students, who typically pay higher tuition rates. The Christian Science Monitor, "Harvard, MIT sue ICE to keep international students on campus," 9 July 2020

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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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The first known use of tuition was in the 15th century

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“Tuition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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