Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust released the following statement in response to the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors vote to increase undergraduate tuition and fee rate by 3.6 percent for the 2020-2021 academic year. This increase will range between $510-$880 (in-state) and $1,710-$2,094 (out-of-state) annually for all continuing undergraduates and undergraduates entering the College of Arts & Sciences, the Curry School of Education and Human Development, the School of Architecture and the McIntire School of Commerce. Entering undergraduates in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the School of Nursing will see an additional $1,000 and $2,000 increase in tuition and fees.
“The University of Virginia is raising tuition 3.6 percent not because it has to, but because it can," said Stacie Gordon, Partners' state advocacy manager. "It's disappointing that a university with a $9.6 billion endowment – and $2 billion reserve fund that’s larger than the state's rainy day fund – still feels the need to squeeze hardworking students and families.”