A New Jersey university announced Covid-19 vaccination incentives Thursday in the form of discounted tuition and board for students who show proof that they've been inoculated before the fall semester.
Rowan University, a public college in Glassboro, is offering students up to $1,000 off their fall 2021 bills if they show proof of vaccination before Aug. 7, according to its website. Full-time students will get $500 off their tuition bills, and those who live on campus will get another $500 deducted from their housing bills.
"Our message today is simple. We believe the path to normalcy is through widespread vaccination and we want our entire community to commit to reaching the goal of widespread vaccination," the school said.
Students who don't get vaccinated will be required to be tested for Covid-19 weekly if they live on campus.
A single semester at Rowan University for the 2021 school year will cost $7,188 for in-state students and $11,704 for out-of-state students. The student life fee, which supports student facilities and programs, is $354 per semester.
When factoring in the costs of dormitories, books and transportation, CollegeBoard estimates a year at Rowan University to cost $33,154 for in-state students and $42,186 for out-of-state students who live on campus. The average student debt upon graduation is more than $34,000, according to CollegeBoard.
Vaccination incentives have popped up across the country, from free donuts and beer to cash incentives. West Virginia is offering those under age 36 a $100 savings bond for getting their Covid-19 shots.
More than 107 million eligible Americans over 16 have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.