May 23, 2014
The State Board for Community College has increased tuition for community colleges, including Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC).
Tuition will increase a total of $7.50 per credit hour for the community college, making tuition $141.15 per credit hour.
The increase has three tiers:
-1) A $6 per-credit-hour increase in tuition at the 23 Virginia community colleges which was approved May 22 by the State Board for Community Colleges.
-2) An additional $1 increase in PVCC's tuition to pay for a salary increase for faculty that will enable PVCC to be more competitive in hiring and retention.
-3) A $0.50 increase in the student activity fee which will be escrowed to help pay for a future PVCC Student Success Center.
PVCC says the increase is unfortunate but necessary in order for the school to maintain many of its programs.
“We want to keep tuition low. We're an access institution. Our mission is to bring as many people into higher education as possible and one way you do that is to keep tuition low,” says PVCC President Frank Friedman. “But at the same time we need to generate enough revenue to offer the courses and the programs and the quality that people need and want.”
On Friday, Senator Mark Warner introduced a series of proposals that will make higher education more affordable for Virginia families, as well as provide additional ways for borrowers to repay student loans.