Feb. 24, 2014
Students at The University of Virginia will pay more for room and board on Grounds next year.
As of July first the cost for students to live on grounds will increase by an average of $204. The cost for a dining plan will increase by an average of $180.
On Grounds Monday, students were surprised by the price increase.
"That's absurd," said fourth-year Maddie Hilbrant. "Especially when you are already spending money to come to college, and expenses on top of that; books and everything else, I think that's just a little absurd."
The plan was approved by the Board of Visitors last week. Most of the funds will go toward employee pay raises and personnel costs. A portion will help pay for renovations on two residence areas and construction of new upper-class housing.
Second-year Cassidy McGrain lived on grounds and had a meal plan during her first year as a student. McGrain said the extra expenses seemed unfair because the dining plan is mandatory for first year students.
"They are really just imposing a cost on you. Our endowment is in the billions of dollars. It doesn't make sense to me why we need to take away from students who are paying already," McGrain said.
The University noted that while there is a price increase, the 2014-2015 housing and dining costs are still significantly less than the average rates at other "peer" universities.