Adjustments sure to take place as college tuition in Virginia rises

8/4/2014, 11:22 a.m.
Tuition has jumped by 5.2 percent on average at public four-year colleges and universities and by 4.6 percent at community ...

Not that you haven’t been doing well so far, but further adjustments will need to be made to your college saving practices because the cost of tuition in Virginia has increased— and the village also wants your baby to be great.

Tuition has jumped by 5.2 percent on average at public four-year colleges and universities and by 4.6 percent at community colleges, according to data released Wednesday by the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

According to Kirsten Nelson, a spokeswoman for the SCHEV, tuition rose in part because universities did not have a clear picture of how much money they would receive from the state because of the General Assembly budget impasse.

The average public college student attending a four-year university will pay about $544 more this school year for tuition and mandatory fees, according to the report. The average community college student will shell out an extra $180.

“We know that education pays— in lifetime earnings and benefits to society,” said SCHEV Director Peter Blake. “This report reminds us that education also costs and that students and parents increasingly are carrying the weight.”

Tuition hikes will be seen in Hampton Roads. At Christopher Newport University, tuition and mandatory fees are up by 5 percent from last year, with students paying $11,600 for the school year — $554 more than last year.

At the College of William and Mary, incoming freshmen will pay $17,600 for tuition and fees, nearly 20 percent more than the previous class. Last year William and Mary guaranteed the price of tuition for all four years of school for the incoming freshmen class, meaning they won’t see a hike as sophomores.

Elsewhere, Old Dominion University students will pay 4.9 percent more, with tuition and fees totaling $9,250. Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia saw increases of 4.9 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.

In-state students at Norfolk State University will have to pay $576 more and out-of-state students $250 more. Virginia State University will increase its in-state tuition $218 and out-of-state tuition $646, but the school still plans to maintain its standing as having one of the lowest tuition and fee structures among Virginia’s 15 public universities according to David Meadows, Vice President for Administration and CFO.