Published: May 20, 2011
Virginia’s State Board of Community Colleges voted to increase tuition rates throughout Virginia’s 23 community colleges. Thomas Nelson Community College’s in-state tuition will be $119 per credit hour and the out-of state tuition be $310.16 per credit hour when the 2011-2012 academic year begins in August.
State Board officials said the increase is needed to meet the Board’s financial plan goals and support community college enrollment growth; expand science, teaching, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs; provide new facility operating costs; fill select vacant positions; and cover the inflationary costs of technology, utilities and general expenses.
The Board’s decision is in accord with Achieve 2015, the new 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, mandatory tuition and fees at Virginia’s Community Colleges are just over one-third (37 percent) of the comparable average tuition and fees charged by public four-year institutions.
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