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Tuition will increase

Longwood University’s Board of Visitors has raised tuition and mandatory fees costs for in-state and out-of-state students by 3.9 and 3.7 percent in the next academic year, respectively, according to a news release from the university.

Matthew McWilliams

The tuition for in-state students would rise from an estimated $12,240 per year for a full-time course load to $12,720, which is a difference of $480, university officials said in the release.

For out-of-state students, the 3.7 percent increase would yield a total of $27,660, an increase of  $990 from the $26,670 tuition rate for out-of-state students last year, officials in the release and Longwood University spokesman Matt McWilliams confirmed.

The tuition increase is a trend occurring at other Virginia colleges due to a five-percent decrease in appropriations from the state’s general fund, which would begin July 1, lower than an initial 7.5 percent originally proposed.

The University of Virginia has made a 2.2 percent increase in tuition for in-state undergraduate students and 3.5 percent increase for out-of-state undergraduate students, Virginia Commonwealth University has put in place a 3.8 percent increase in tuition for in-state undergraduate students and out-of-state students will have a 4.2 percent increase.

Hampden-Sydney College’s fixed tuition, for both in state and out- of-state students in the 2017-18 academic year is expected to be $42,470 without student activity fees, a $954 increase from $41,516 during the 2016-17 academic year.

McWilliams said the university works to keep tuition rates below state average, and has kept tuition hikes below three percent over the past four years.

“Longwood is committed to keeping the tuition costs under control, and has been a leader in the state,” McWilliams said. “Over the last four years, the cost of a Longwood education has risen by less than 3 percent, well below the state average of almost 5.5 percent.”