CHICAGO (AP) — DePaul University has dropped plans for tuition increases next fall to ease the burden on families during the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Thursday.

“We understand that for some families, even a modest tuition increase — especially amidst the uncertainty caused by this pandemic — could mean a disruption to their student’s progress toward earning a DePaul degree,” said school President A. Gabriel Esteban.

DePaul has more than 22,000 students. Tuition for undergraduates is roughly $40,000 a year before financial aid.

“Our community includes those with great financial need and many who are the first in their families to attend college," Esteban said.