The United States Sports Academy’s tuition has been frozen by the sports university’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee.

Because of the depressed economy and national issues negatively impacting financial aid, the Academy decided against hiking its tuition in an effort to aid its students.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich says the decision is the right thing to do in the current economy.

“Our students are very important to us and we felt very strongly that we, for one, did not want to touch their pocketbooks,” Dr. Rosandich said. “At a time of economic crisis across the world, it is the least we can do.”

The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, is the largest graduate school of sport education in the world and the only freestanding school of sport education in the United States with regionally accredited programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

The Academy’s decision to freeze tuition for its students goes against the grain. The cost of a college education has reached its highest levels ever with the cost of attending a four-year institution soaring 300 percent since 1990. In fact, tuition and fees are far outpacing the middle class median income with earnings actually declining by $400 a year during the same period. Last year in Alabama, tuition at private and public universities jumped between 8% and 20%.

Students did see a minimal increase in the Academy’s tuition in the 2011-12 school year with a $30 per credit hour increase at the bachelor’s and master’s level and $35 increase at the doctoral level. However, the Academy reduced its bachelor’s tuition by about one-third for active duty military and Wounded Warriors from $1,060 per course to $750 per course.

The Academy’s programs remain affordable when compared to other universities that offer sport-related degrees. The costs of the Academy’s programs are: $19,800 in the upper-division bachelor’s program; $17,820 in the 33-semester hour master’s program; and $43,230 in the 66-semester hour doctoral program. For complete tuition and fee information, please visit the Academy’s website at

For more information or to enroll in the Academy’s programs, please call an admission’s counselor at 1-800-223-2668 or email