UVA Hears from Students, Community on Possible Tuition Increase
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Tuition rates could be on rise across the board at the University of Virginia.
The UVA Board of Visitors met to hear from students about the proposal Friday, November 8. The current proposal calls for a 3 percent to 4 percent increase in tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students. Additionally, student fees could jump between 3 percent and 6 percent.
UVA leaders say the preliminary state budget calls for a 5 percent reduction, which comes out to about $7 million for the university. The provost's office says more than $29 million will be needed next fiscal year to help pay for mandatory salary increases.
"If the state contribution remains where it is, or goes down, we will probably have to have some increase in tuition. How much is still to be decided," UVA Rector Jim Murray said.
The community, including students, got the chance to sound off on the plan Friday morning.
"There are still a lot of students for whom these tuition increases are significant. These tuition increases affect whether or not students come back in the following years," UVA student Alex Hendel said.
The University of Virginia Board of Visitors has received more than 300 emails about tuition and fees.
Some students suggested UVA dip into its $10 billion endowment to offset costs. However, Murray says that's not an option with that fund.
The entire Board of Visitors is expected to take a vote on rates on December 5.