Education costs, including tuition, are going up at the University of Virginia. Wednesday, the board of visitors approved undergraduate rates for the upcoming school year.
Total costs for incoming in-state students will increase 4.3 percent. That means a student will pay an extra $949. Including tuition, fees, room and board, and book expenses, that's a total of $27,417.
The rate for out-of-state students is going up 5.9 percent. That's a $2,340 increase and a total cost of $57,836.
The plan is to use the extra money to improve faculty and staff compensation, cover state-mandated increases to the Virginia Retirement System, and fuel strategic plan initiatives.
The board of visitors is also increasing tuition at UVA’s College at Wise about 4 percent for both in-state and out-of-state students.University of Virginia Press Release
ABINGDON, Va., April 23, 2014: The University of Virginia Board of Visitors on Wednesday approved undergraduate tuition rates for the 2014-15 academic year.
The board's vote bolsters ongoing efforts to improve faculty and staff compensation, fuels initiatives of the University's strategic plan and covers state-mandated increases in UVA's contribution to the Virginia Retirement System.
Our efforts focus on strategic initiatives that further strengthen one of the country's best public research institutions, Rector George Keith Martin said.
Tuition and all mandatory fees for first-year undergraduate Virginia residents entering in August will increase by 4.3 percent, while the rate for out-of-state students is increasing by 5.9 percent.
The total cost of attendance for a first-year Virginia resident which includes tuition and fees, room and board, and estimated expenses for books and travel expenditures will increase by $949 to $27,417.
The University projects that about a third of undergraduate first-year students will have financial need, and UVA will maintain its longstanding commitment to meet 100 percent of demonstrated need and to operate admission on a need-blind basis. Among public universities across the nation, this distinction is shared only by UVA and one other institution.
The University of Virginia remains a tremendous value for students from all walks of life, Martin said. The tuition plan approved today helps sustain and enhance success by supporting investments in priorities such as our superb faculty and an even more distinctive residential culture.
UVA is widely recognized as one of the top public universities and one of the best values in all of higher education. Kiplinger magazine ranks the University No. 2 among Best Values in Public Colleges, while Princeton Review ranks UVA the third-best value among public universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks UVA the No. 2 public university overall.
Revenue from the new rates is earmarked for faculty and staff compensation, and funding priorities of the Cornerstone Plan, the University's new five-year strategic plan, which identifies five pillars for sustaining and enhancing excellence. It also will also be used to cover the increase in the employer's mandatory contribution to the Virginia Retirement System.
As part of the state's efforts to fully fund the retirement system, all agencies are facing higher-than-usual contributions to the VRS, Martin said. The University's tuition plan reflects this, and otherwise would be comparable to rate increases in the previous two years.
The board approved a resolution in February 2013 to elevate the average faculty salary into the top 20 of UVA's Association of American University peers. Like many others in higher education, UVA faces a generational transformation of faculty, expecting to replace half of its members in the next seven to 10 years.
We must support a faculty that will position the University for sustained excellence as we approach our bicentennial and prepare for UVA's third century, President Teresa A. Sullivan said. This will mean retaining and recruiting young talent as well as experienced scholars in a broad array of disciplines.
Among the Cornerstone Plan's other initiatives are a comprehensive Total Advising approach that combines high-quality academic advising, career advising and coaching, and fosters relationships between current students and UVA alumni. Improvements also are planned in institution-wide infrastructure and services that support the ability to conduct research, scholarship, creative arts and innovation.
The Board of Visitors on Wednesday also approved 2014-15 rates for the University of Virginia's College at Wise. Tuition and fees for in-state first-year students at UVA-Wise will increase by 4.2 percent, while out-of-state rates will increase by 4 percent.