tu·ition | \tə-ˈwi-shən, 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, -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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Earlier this week, Temple University voted to raise tuition by 2 percent. Susan Snyder,, "Pa. state universities to hike tuition nearly 3 percent," 12 July 2018 And the cost of tuition and room-and-board for both public colleges and private ones continued to rise in the 2017-2018 school year, according to the College Board. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "As financial burden rises, college students question value of education," 11 July 2018 The Democratic luminaries praised Jealous for championing progressive values of universal health care, free college tuition and ending mass incarceration. Doug Donovan,, "Joe Biden joins Maryland Democrats in Baltimore to rally behind Ben Jealous' campaign for govenor," 1 July 2018 The 28-year-old former bartender — a democratic socialist who ran on a platform of universal health care, ending tuition at public colleges and abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency — defeated Rep. Joe Crowley by double digits. Nash Jenkins, Time, "How Democrats in Congress Responded to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Surprise Win," 29 June 2018 The budget also guarantees funding for the Monetary Award Program, or MAP, which provides grants to eligible students to help them pay tuition and fees, for the next four years. Kim Geiger, Lake County News-Sun, "State budget passage means dollars headed to Lake County higher ed institutions, comptroller says," 4 June 2018 In addition, Vi offers a generous tuition reimbursement program as well as career ladders and a new student loan reimbursement program for nursing staff. Elise Riley, azcentral, "Vi continues to win with its employees," 14 May 2018 The tuition assistance program has long enjoyed bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "Congress likely to protect funding for D.C. college-tuition-aid program," 22 Mar. 2018 For more information on the tuition program, contact Tri-C's Hispanic Council at 216-987-5359. Karen Farkas,, "Cuyahoga Community College to offer tuition assistance to relocated students from Puerto Rico," 8 Feb. 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

: teaching that is done especially for a single person or small group


tu·ition | \tu̇-ˈi-shən, tyu̇-\

Kids Definition of tuition

: money paid for instruction (as at a college)

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