Thomas Aquinas College is Catholic liberal arts college located in Santa Paula, California in Ventura County. (courtesy photo)

Thomas Aquinas College has agreed to freeze tuition costs for the fifth consecutive year, with the fees for tuition, books and living expenses remaining at $32,450 — well below the average cost for a private school education that on average totals $43,921, with an approximate 3 percent increase each year. 

“We are determined to make attendance at Thomas Aquinas College as affordable for students as we can,” said Dr. Michael F. McLean, the school president. “And we are grateful to the benefactors who supply what is needed for the 70 percent of students for whom our relatively low cost of attendance is beyond reach.”

The U.S. News & World Report listed the Catholic college as No. 24 among the Top 40 national liberal arts colleges on its 2017 Best Values list.