By Camille Cox | Editor-in-chief
The Baylor Ring savings program has now been halted because Balfour, the ring maker, no longer accepts ring savings plans, according to an email from Baylor Alumni sent on August 20. Any student previously enrolled in the program received credit in their student. accounts and an email from Baylor Alumni explaining the shutdown.
According to the official Baylor Ring website, the Baylor Ring is a “tangible symbol of our university’s rich heritage” that connects students with the wider Baylor alumni community. After completing 75 undergraduate credit hours, undergraduates are eligible to apply and pay for their Baylor Ring.
The Baylor Ring Savings Program allowed students to set aside $ 80 per semester towards their purchase, which they could then apply to the final balance when they ordered their ring. As of this fall, “students with ring savings plans won’t see a savings plan payout on their fall tuition bill,” the Baylor Alumni email said.
Frisco sophomore Isabella Birge said she believes there are ways Baylor can prevent students from having to pay a large sum when ordering their ring.
“I think the Baylor Ring plan should be included in the tuition because every student wants the ring,” Birge said. “It’s a big deal to get your ring.”
Seattle, WA, Karlie Mullen, senior, ordered her ring without the Baylor Ring Savings Plan last spring after fulfilling the conditions.
“I would have liked to put a little bit of money aside each year so that I wouldn’t have to take a big hit until my senior year,” said Mullen.
Mullen said she believes the ring should continue not to be included in annual tuition fees because some students may not wear the ring and view it as a waste of money.
The official Baylor Ring Week will be held from September 21 to October 1. Those who wish to order their ring can try on different sizes and see the style options during this time. For more information, visit the Baylor Alumni website.