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William & Mary will keep tuition flat next year

William & Mary will keep tuition flat next year

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The College of William & Mary will keep tuition flat for in-state and out-of-state undergraduates next year, the fourth year in a row it hasn’t raised the cost of education for in-state undergrads.

The university’s board of visitors unanimously approved the action Friday.

The state’s most expensive public university, William & Mary charges Virginia residents roughly $24,000 for tuition and fees and $13,000 for room and board.

William & Mary follows the University of Virginia and Christopher Newport University, which recently announced they would not raise tuition next year. Virginia Commonwealth University has proposed no increase, but its board hasn’t voted yet.

Families of college students have been affected financially by the pandemic, and universities have received millions in federal aid.

“We recognize that it’s been a tough year for many William & Mary students and their families,” President Katherine Rowe said in a statement. “Our decision not to increase tuition for the upcoming academic year reflects William & Mary’s continued commitment to affordability.”

Students will have to pay a $184 increase in fees toward health and wellness, recreational sports and activities. The price of room and board will increase $324.

Tuition and student fees make up about two-thirds of the revenue in the university’s $492 million budget. William & Mary will receive $8.8 million in state funding this year.

Christopher Newport announced last week that it would keep tuition at its current level for the next school year. CNU charges in-state students $15,000 a year for tuition and $12,000 annually for room and board.

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Eric Kolenich writes about higher education, sports, coronavirus and protests for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the newspaper in 2009 after graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in English. (804) 649-6109

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