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NEWS RELEASE

Contact:  Kirsten Nelson
(804) 225-2627
KirstenNelson@schev.edu
For Immediate Release

August 2, 2006

SCHEV Releases 2006-07 Tuition and Fee Report

RICHMOND — Virginia undergraduate students at public colleges and universities in the Commonwealth can expect to pay 9.2 percent more on average in tuition and all fees in 2006-07 than they did during the previous academic year, according to a report released yesterday by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

The report, entitled “2006-07 Tuition and Fees at Virginia’s State-Supported Colleges and Universities,” reveals that in-state students at four-year institutions will experience an average increase in tuition and fees of 9.3 percent, or about an additional $567 per year, while students attending community colleges will be faced with a 6.3 percent increase, paying about $135 more per year. By comparison, the overall average annual increase was about 8 percent in 2005-06, 9 percent in 2004-05, and 15 percent in each of the prior two years.

“We are pleased that Virginia colleges and universities remain committed to keeping higher education affordable, which is a Council priority as well,” says Daniel J. LaVista, SCHEV’s Executive Director. “SCHEV supports institutional efforts to keep tuition costs reasonable, while simultaneously maintaining the rigorous and high quality academic programs that constituents have come to expect from Virginia public higher education.”

The report estimates the average total cost for an in-state undergraduate student living on campus next year to be 37.5 percent of per capita disposable income, which is well below the 40 percent level experienced between 1993-94 and 1995-96. Additionally, the report compares charges in Virginia to those in other states and examines the relationship between planned and actual rates of increase. A copy of the full report is available on the SCHEV web site.

SCHEV is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education. The agency provides policy guidance and budget recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly, and is a resource for information on Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Wallace, Director of Government Relations and Communications, at ElizabethWallace@schev.edu or (804)225-2627.