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Va. tuition up nearly 10 percent

Virginia's state universities are beginning to sign off on tuition increases approaching 10 percent, a measure of the state's enduring economic slump.

Virginia Tech's Board of Visitors last week set tuition and mandatory fees at $9,589 for in-state undergraduates, an increase of 9.7 percent. The increase will be partly offset by a $130 "mitigation grant" from federal stimulus funds, provided to every student. Mind you, the stimulus grant is a one-time deal.

Non-resident undergraduates will pay $23,217, a $1,339 increase.

The University of Virginia's Board of Visitors this week considers a hike of $956, or nearly 10 percent, according to a wire report. Based on current tuition and fees, that takes the total to $10,826 for entering students and $10,636 for returning students.

Rates would rise by $1,900 to nearly $34,000 for out-of-state students.

James Madison University is up 8.5 percent, to $7,860 for residents and $20,624 for non-residents.

Virginia is in a budget crisis; university presidents have seen about a third of their state funding disappear over the past two fiscal years. Overall per-student funding is 4 percent lower than a year ago in constant dollars, at a time when enrollment is rising.

It's quite a different story in Maryland, where this year's 3-percent tuition increase follows a four-yearfreeze. Average public tuition statewide was higher in Maryland before the freeze. Now, it's lower.

It looks like neither George Mason University nor the College of William and Mary has acted on tuition.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  April 27, 2010; 10:17 AM ET
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Those 18-20 are also adults. The tuition increase for Virginia Tech is going to steep with the 9.7% increase but the $956 possible increase for the University of Virginia is modest. James Madison University has a more reasonable increase in tuition. It's good that the "migitation grant" will cover part of the increase at Virginia Tech.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | April 27, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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