The University of Virginia is raising tuition on some students to give tuition breaks to others. This year entering freshman will pay $14,468 in tuition and fees. By September 2016, students will pay $16,000. [read_more]When room and board is added students will pay $30,000 per year. Under this new plan those students who are deemed to be in financial need will get an additional $10,000 break in tuition payments. The cutoff for assistance is family income of about $48,000, twice the poverty rate. This year approximately 35% of undergraduate students qualify for assistance while 65% pay the full rate.
David Ramadan (R-Loudoun) objects to this new plan. Although Delegate Ramadan is from an affluent part of the state, it’s also a very high cost of living area. Delegate Ramadan said this initiative is “not going to play well” in his district.
“This is redistribution of wealth,” Ramadan said. “This is simply outrageous. It’s not the job of any university to take money from one person and give it to another. They should be cutting costs to lower tuition, not raising it.”
Between 2009 and 2014 UVA increased tuition and fees by 21% which is more than some state schools and less than others. University of Maryland only increased their tuition by 6% but they had much higher tuition back in 2009.
The more the university of Virginia increases tuition and fees the more top students who they want to attract will look elsewhere.