Apr 18, 2011

UVa and William & Mary Announce Tuition Increases for 2011-12

Responding to continued reductions in state support for higher education and the loss of federal stimulus funding, the University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary announced increases in tuition for the 2011-12 academic year.

At UVa, in-state undergraduates will see an increase in tuition of fees amounting to 8.9 percent, or $948, bringing the total to $11,576. Out-of-state undergrads will also see an 8.9 percent increase, bringing the annual total of tuition and required fees to $36,570.

In addition to tuition increases, the average increase in UVa meal plan rates will be 3.7 percent and in housing 4.5 percent over last year.

Across the state, the total cost for William & Mary in-state undergrads, including tuition, fees, room, and board, will rise by 5.5 percent to $22,024, for the 2011-12 academic year. In-state tuition and fees alone will go up by 7.7 percent or $944 to $13,132. Out-of-state students will see an overall increase of 5.7 percent to $44,854.

“The budget adopted by the Board of Visitors today, including increases in tuition and fees, reflects the need to close the gap created by recent budget cuts by the Commonwealth and the elimination of federal stimulus funds,” said College of William & Mary Rector Henry C. Wolf. “Our budget for the 2011-12 academic year is designed to protect the quality of William & Mary’s extraordinary academic program.”

In a press release discussing the need for tuition increases, UVa points out that in-state tuition remains in the mid-range when compared to public and private “peer” groups compiled by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV).

“The average public college tuition for the current academic year—2010-11—is $9693. The average private school tuition is $39,498, while the overall average of college tuition across the country is $22,979.”

Among its peers, UVa’s tuition was “less than Washington University at St. Louis, Duke University, Cornell University, Emory University, University of Michigan, and University of California at Berkeley, but more than the universities of Maryland, Arizona, North Carolina and Florida.”

In 2010-11, the Commonwealth of Virginia contributed $8,470 per in-state student attending the University of Virginia. For next year, the contribution is expected to drop below $8,000.

By contrast, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, receives $24,000 per in-state student, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, $17,600.

In other tuition news, students at the University of Virginia—Wise will see in-state tuition and fees increase by 7.3 percent, while out-of-state students will pay an additional 5 percent or $1,020 more. In-state students at James Madison University will be paying an additional 5.76 percent in total on-campus costs. Old Dominion University (ODU) will raise tuition and fees by 5.7 percent for in-state students and 6.3 percent for those coming from out-of-state. And the Longwood Board of Visitors deferred action on tuition and fees until the Board meeting scheduled for May 14.

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