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BOV to address undergraduate tuition increase at Thursday workshop and public session

The proposed increase ranges between 3.5 to 4.9 percent for the 2022-2023 school year

<p><a href="https://sfs.virginia.edu/financial-aid-current-students/current-undergraduate-students/financial-aid-basics/estimated-0"><u>Estimated cost of attendance</u></a> for the 2021-22 school year is $34,080 for in-state students and $68,610 to $69,850 for out-of-state students in the College of Arts and Sciences.&nbsp;</p>

Estimated cost of attendance for the 2021-22 school year is $34,080 for in-state students and $68,610 to $69,850 for out-of-state students in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

The Board of Visitors will hold an educational workshop on proposed undergraduate tuition and fee increases followed by a public comment session in the Ern Commons Building at 3 p.m. Thursday. Students and community members were able to register for online comment until Wednesday at 5 p.m. and in-person comments will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The Board is considering proposals to increase undergraduate tuition within a range of 3.5 to 4.5 percent for both the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years. Increases in tuition will address faculty and staff compensation, utilities and other infrastructure and unavoidable costs as well as University priorities. Ranges may be adjusted based on state appropriations or a change in the long-term projected cost of higher education. Tuition is $14,188 for in-state students and $48,036 for out-of-state students in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

The Board will also consider an increase in mandatory fees within a range of 2.5 to 4.9 percent for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 years. Mandatory fees help pay for services and facilities, including transit, technology and athletics. During the 2021-22 year, mandatory fees totaled $3,222 for in-state students and $3,904 for out-of-state students. This included $699 for athletics, $917 for student health and a $175 technology fee.

The proposed increase will go towards operating cost increases, including mental health services, staffing shortages and implementation of increases in minimum wage.

The Board voted to freeze tuition for most undergraduate students this year in April following advocacy from members of Student Council and Young Democratic Socialists of America at U.Va. The students had been advocating for the tuition freeze for months with campaigns dating back to November of 2020, citing financial issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The year before, a 3.6 percent tuition increase was implemented due to the University’s historic decision to freeze tuition for the 2019-2020 school year. That year, the Virginia General Assembly distributed $52.5 million to incentivize a freeze among public universities

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