BOV to address increase in undergraduate tuition fees during workshop and public session on Thursday – The Cavalier Daily

The Visitors Council will host an educational workshop on the proposed tuition and undergraduate fee increases, followed by a public comment session in the Ern Commons building at 3 p.m. Thursday. Students and community members have been able to register for online commentary until 5 p.m. Wednesday, and in-person comments will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Council is considering proposals to increase undergraduate tuition fees within a range of 3.5 to 4.5 percent for the academic years 2022-2023 and 2023-24. The tuition fee increases will focus on the remuneration of faculty and staff, utilities and other infrastructure and unavoidable costs as well as the priorities of the University. The ranges can be adjusted based on government funding or a change in the long-term projected cost of higher education. The tuition fee is $ 14,188 for in-state students and $ 48,036 for out-of-state students of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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

The proposed increase will be used to increase operating costs, including mental health services, staff shortages and the implementation of minimum wage increases.

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

The previous year, a 3.6% tuition fee increase was implemented due to the University’s landmark decision to freeze tuition fees for the 2019-2020 school year. That year, the Virginia General Assembly distributed $ 52.5 million to push for the freeze on public universities.

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