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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Cal Grants for foster youth typically provide $1,672 to community college students enrolled full-time during an academic year and free tuition to a University of California or California State University campus. Rob Waters, The Mercury News, "Graduating from college still a struggle for many California foster youth," 1 July 2019 The full tuition price for law students last year was $29,608. USA TODAY, "Women in baseball, Lynyrd Skynyrd, circus fire: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 When state funding stabilizes, tuition doesn’t go back down. Madeline St. Amour, The Denver Post, "CU bracing for next recession with goal of keeping tuition stable," 30 June 2019 Today, the average annual tuition and fees at an in-state public college is more than $25,000. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "In West Virginia, free college -- after students pass a drug test," 28 June 2019 For a time, the organization barred schools from providing scholarships to recruits valued at more than tuition and fees, room, board and textbooks. Michael Hiltzik,, "NCAA threatens California over pay for college athletes — and loses the battle," 28 June 2019 Her answer to college affordability isn’t free tuition but rather a student loan refinancing proposal called the Red Act. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Amy Klobuchar’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained," 26 June 2019 That includes students who pay out-of-district tuition, Thompson said. Julia Fair,, "'Close friendships are close friendships.' Kenton County apartments move forward despite conflict of interest concerns," 26 June 2019 The budget keeps in place a freeze on in-state tuition that has been in place since 2013. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Key senator defends Tesla provision, gives Republicans enough votes to pass state budget," 26 June 2019

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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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