Tuition at Piedmont Virginia Community College is going up even more than the state-approved $6 hike.
PVCC is raising tuition by $7.50 per credit hour, which means students will pay a total $141.15 per credit hour this fall.
One dollar of that increase will help with faculty raises.
"The revenue from that will go to faculty salary increases. You have to realize our faculty have only had one salary increase in six years and the state is just not keeping up with salary increases compared to other states,” said Frank Friedman, president of PVCC.
The additional 50 cents was voted on by the student government association and will help pay for a future student success center.
Piedmont Virginia Community College Press Release
Charlottesville, Va. – Tuition and fees at Piedmont Virginia Community College will increase by $7.50 per credit hour effective with the fall 2014 semester. The increase raises the rates for in-state students to $141.15 per credit hour and out-of-state students to $335.75.
The increase has three tiers:
1) A $6.00 per-credit-hour increase in tuition at the 23 Virginia community colleges which was approved May 22 by the State Board for Community Colleges.
2) An additional $1.00 increase in PVCC’s tuition to pay for a salary increase for faculty that will enable PVCC to be more competitive in hiring and retention.
3) A $0.50 increase in the student activity fee which will be escrowed to help pay for a future PVCC Student Success Center.
“The College is committed to keeping tuition and fees low so that anyone who wants a college education can afford it,” PVCC President Frank Friedman said. “At the same time, we have to strike a balance because we also need enough revenue to provide quality programs that people want. We believe this increase addresses that imperative balance.
“PVCC and Virginia community colleges are still a great value for those seeking higher education,” Friedman added. “Even with this increase, PVCC tuition and fees are less than half the average rates at Virginia’s four-year institutions.”
He noted further that PVCC faculty salaries have not increased in six years. “This threatens us in the hiring process and in retaining high-quality faculty. The State of Virginia is simply not keeping up with faculty salaries in other states.”
The additional student activity fee was approved by the PVCC Student Government Association (SGA) before the College administration submitted the increase request to the PVCC Board for approval. “PVCC is crushed for space,” Friedman said, “and our SGA recognized this. They made an investment in future students.” The collected fees will accrue to finance a strategic priority for the College – a new Student Success Center that will house all student services, such as the library, Admissions and Advising Center, tutoring services and the fitness center.
Additional information about PVCC tuition and fees and financial aid is available at www.pvcc.edu/tuition.
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