Federal Stimulus Funds Help State Board Mitigate Tuition Increase

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Community college tuition & fees increase less than half of comparable increases at public four-year universities

The State Board for Community Colleges, in a unanimous vote, set the 2009-2010 in-state tuition and mandatory fee rate at $92.70 per credit hour. As a result of the $6.55 per credit hour increase, a full-time, in-state student, taking a total of 30 credit hours, will pay an additional $196.50 for the academic year.

Board members say the increase is essential to serving the record-setting number of traditional students and laid-off workers who are turning to Virginia’s Community Colleges for an opportunity in this recession. More than 16,000 new students began attending a Virginia Community College over the last two years. Enrollment during the recently concluded spring semester was unusually high, up more than 7 percent. Indications are mounting that a similar increase will occur during the summer.