In this era of escalating costs in higher education, the board of a Midlands area college has voted for a tuition freeze. Newberry College’s Board of Trustees voted last month to freeze tuition over the next three years. The annual tuition rate of $22,050 is now locked in for current and future students over the next three-year period beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year. The move does not include the cost of room, board and additional student fees. The effort to hold the line on tuition costs is being called “Tuition Promise.” Newberry administrators hope Tuition Promise and new majors like Accounting and Social Media will increase the number of students to around 1500 in the next few years. Since 2007, enrollment has hovered around 1100 students.