- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia budget leaders are criticizing the College of William and Mary’s decision to go through with a 12 percent tuition hike for incoming freshmen in the next academic year, despite an increase in state funding in next year’s budget.

Media outlets report House Appropriations Chairman S. Chris Jones said Monday that he’s “extremely disappointed” with the college’s plans to maintain the proposed increase.

A report shows the school is the only state university planning a tuition and mandatory fees increase over 4 percent this year. William & Mary guarantees its rate for four years, making it different from Virginia’s other 15 public universities.

The Appropriations Committee boosted higher education funding by more than $300 million over the next two years to prevent tuition from rising over 3 percent a year.

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