State Board Sets Tuition for 2014-2015 Academic Year
RICHMOND —The State Board for Community Colleges established the 2014-2015 in-state tuition and mandatory fees rate at $136 per credit hour by unanimous vote at its regular May meeting. Beginning this fall, in-state students will pay an additional $6.00 per credit hour, which means the cost of a typical three-hour class will increase by $18.00 and the cost of a full-time load of classes for the year will increase by $180.
Virginia’s Community Colleges will use the tuition increase to bolster its student services across the state. These resources, that include financial aid counseling and academic coaching, are a growing priority for helping first-generation students and those from underrepresented populations. The increase will also fund higher employee health insurance and retirement costs; utility and technology costs; and the costs of operating new facilities.
“Today’s tuition decision strikes an importance balance between ensuring that Virginians have affordable access to higher education and that we have the people and resources in place to help them succeed when they arrive at one of our community colleges,” said Bruce J. Meyer, chair of the State Board for Community Colleges.
Keeping a public promise
The board’s tuition decision is in accord with Achieve 2015, the VCCS six-year strategic plan that calls for keeping community college tuition and fee rates at one-half or less than that of the comparable rates at Virginia’s four-year universities.
Currently, tuition and mandatory fees at Virginia’s Community Colleges are just over one-third (37 percent) of the average of comparable tuition and fees charged by Virginia’s public four-year institutions.
The State Board also agreed to increase the tuition differential rate for Northern Virginia Community College by $1.50 per credit hour. Even with the differential, NVCC’s tuition remains the lowest among comparable colleges in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Further, the board approved an increase of $1.00 per credit hour to the tuition differential rate for Piedmont Virginia Community College.
The tuition differential rates for J. Sargeant Reynolds ($3.10), Tidewater ($1.00), Thomas Nelson ($1.00) and Virginia Western ($1.00) community colleges were unchanged from last year.
The State Board increased the tuition rate for out-of-state students by $6.00 per credit hour to a total of $330.60 per credit hour. Out-of-state students make up approximately 5-percent of the total enrollment of Virginia’s Community Colleges.
About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve an estimated 400,000 students a year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.