RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — By a unanimous vote, the State Board for Community Colleges chose to maintain the current in-state tuition and mandatory fees for the 2021-2022 academic year.
According to a statement released by Virginia’s Community Colleges on Thursday, May 20, the board’s decision means that tuition will stay at $154 per credit hour.
Therefore, community college tuition and mandatory fees in the Commonwealth will remain approximately one-third of the comparable costs of attending Virginia’s public four-year universities, according to officials.
This marks the fourth year in a row that the board has voted to hold tuition and fees steady for in-state students, who account for more than nine out of 10 students served by Virginia’s community colleges.
“Our Board has had some tremendous partners in the Virginia General Assembly in working to keep our courses and programs as accessible and affordable as possible, and I applaud them,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “As we take our vaccines and move beyond the pandemic, we know that plenty of Virginians need our help beginning, or re-starting, their careers and we are here to help them do just that.”
In addition, the State Board for Community Colleges decided to maintain the existing tuition rate for out-of-state students, which is $354.10 per credit hour.
The board also chose not to increase the tuition differential rates charged at eight of Virginia’s 23 community colleges — more specifically, Germanna, John Tyler, Northern Virginia, Piedmont Virginia, Reynolds, Tidewater, Thomas Nelson, and Virginia Western — in the upcoming academic year.
The tuition differential rates are meant to allow colleges to address specific institutional priorities.