CHARLOTTESVILLE — The University of Virginia Board of Visitors voted Thursday to increase tuition for in-state undergraduates by 3.8 percent and for out-of-state students by 4.8 percent for the upcoming school year, meaning Virginians will pay about $450 more and out-of-state students will pay roughly $1,825 more at the state’s flagship public school.
The board also approved increasing on-campus housing prices by about 3.5 percent and meal plans by about 2.9 percent. And starting this fall, incoming engineering students will pay an additional $2,000 per year to cover the program’s higher expenses.
The vote to increase tuition and costs for U-Va. students came after more than four months of intense debate about the university’s financial future. Some board members argued that any tuition increase was too much during difficult economic times, while U-Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan and her staff advocated for tuition increases to offset declining state funding.
Earlier this year, Sullivan and her staff released a four-year financial plan that called for moderate, predictable tuition increases, plus charging third- and fourth-year students an additional $2,000 per year to cover the costs of their smaller classes, advising, career opportunities, internships and global programs. That extra charge was at first called “tuition,” then referred to as an “Academic Excellence Fee.” The controversial concept was not mentioned in the latest materials given to board members this week.