|State Board Holds the Line on Community College Tuition for 2019-2020 Academic Year|
Richmond, VA (May 16, 2019) - The State Board for Community Colleges, by a unanimous vote, elected to maintain the current in-state tuition and mandatory fees for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Board‚Äôs decision means tuition will remain at today‚Äôs rate of $154 per credit hour, and keeps community college tuition and mandatory fees at approximately one-third of the comparable costs of attending Virginia‚Äôs public four-year universities.
‚ÄúThe Virginia General Assembly deserves a great deal of credit for helping us avoid a tuition increase,‚ÄĚ said Robin Sullenberger, chair of the State Board for Community Colleges. ‚ÄúTheir decision to increase General Fund appropriations gave us the resources necessary to meet the inevitable operating expense increases without asking our students to pay more. We applaud their efforts during the 2019 legislative session.‚ÄĚ
Further, the State Board maintained the existing tuition rate for out-of-state students, which is $351.60 per credit hour. The Board approved a technical fee increase for capital cost recovery that applies only to out-of-state students who make up approximately five percent of the total enrollment of Virginia‚Äôs Community Colleges.
For the second year in a row, there were no increases to the tuition differential rates charged at eight of Virginia‚Äôs 23 community colleges (Germanna, John Tyler, Northern Virginia, Piedmont Virginia, Reynolds, Tidewater, Thomas Nelson, and Virginia Western). Tuition differential rates allow colleges to address unique and specific institutional priorities.
About Virginia‚Äôs Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia‚Äôs Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia‚Äôs Community Colleges serve approximately 241,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.