By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 23, 2021

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - The governing board of Virginia Tech has voted to raise tuition by 2.9%.

The Roanoke Times reported Monday that the decision rejects a proposal to use one-time state funding to limit the increase to 2.1%.

Board members expressed concerns that the temporary relief from state funding would have only kicked potentially higher increases down the road.

“I don’t want to get trapped into something where we’ve been low so long that there’s an expectation that we’re never going to go up again,” board member Preston White said Sunday during a discussion.

The university in Blacksburg hasn’t raised tuition since 2018. That’s because of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on families and increased state funds in 2019.

Tuition will increase next fall by $331 to $11,751 for in-state undergraduates. Out-of-state students will see an increase of $869 to $30,829.

The 0.8% difference between a 2.1% and 2.9% increase amounts to $93 for in-state students. It amounts to $245 for out-of-state students.


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