New state budget offers hope on tuition restraint, supports pay raises and other VCCS programs

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The new state budget delivers good news for existing and prospective students at Virginia’s community colleges and for VCCS employees systemwide.

In the budget year that began July 1, the state spending plan provides a $24.1 million increase to our base, which would allow the VCCS State Board to hold tuition rates at our colleges steady for a fifth year in a row, excluding modest student fee increases at select colleges.

“I am grateful to the governor and General Assembly for adopting a state spending plan that provides funding to help our colleges keep the life changing power of our institutions affordable for Virginia families,” said Interim VCCS Chancellor Sharon Morrissey. “With sufficient support in the state budget to address some of our most important cost obligations, I look forward to recommending that the VCCS State Board hold our tuition at its current value when the Board meets later this month.”

We’ve already been able to hold the line on tuition increases for the past four years, keeping the cost of attending our community colleges about a third of the cost of attending Virginia’s four-year senior institutions,” Dr. Morrissey added.

With new funding at $4.6 million per year, the budget also will provide for forty-six additional academic and career advisors who will guide students in selecting and navigating programs and careers most needed by Virginia’s economy. Adding to funding received last year, we will have a total of 106 advisors supporting students systemwide.

New funding items also include $500,000 per year for the Great Expectations program, $1.8 million over two years to establish an aviation maintenance tech program at Danville Community College, $475,000 per year to establish a sonography program at Rappahannock Community College in conjunction with VCU and VCU Health Systems, and $500,000 for Virginia Peninsula Community College’s Coastal Virginia STEM Hub.

Additionally, all full-time and part-time faculty, classified and wage employees hired by April 10, 2022, will be eligible for a 5% salary increase. Employees will see the increases at different dates, depending on their employment status:

  • Agency heads, 12-month classified staff, less than 12-month classified staff (as specified), 12-month faculty (admin & professional): Effective date: July 10, 2022
  • Wage (P-14) Effective date: July 15, 2022
  • Adjunct Faculty: Effective date: August 1, 2022
  • Less than 12-mo faculty (teaching) Effective date: August 16, 2022

All full-time classified, admin and professional employees hired by August 10, 2022, and remaining employed by November 10, 2022 also can expect a one-time bonus payment of $1,000 on December 1.
Wage employees and adjunct faculty members will receive between $250 and $500, depending on the average number of hours worked or credit hours taught between August 1 and November 10th.

The two-year budget plan adopted by lawmakers and approved by the governor also calls for an additional 5% salary increase for state workers in the year that will begin July 2023.

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