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Virginia’s community colleges hold the line on tuition and fees for a fifth straight year

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The State Board for Community Colleges, by a unanimous vote, chose to maintain the current in-state tuition and mandatory fees for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The board’s decision means tuition will remain at a rate of $154 per credit hour – keeping community college tuition and mandatory education and general fees at approximately one-third of the comparable costs of attending Virginia’s public four-year universities.

This marks the fifth year in a row that the board has voted to hold tuition and mandatory education and general fees steady for in-state students, who account for more than nine out of every 10 students served by our community colleges.

“We’re grateful to the governor and General Assembly, who enacted a state budget that allowed us hold the line on tuition and fees,” said interim VCCS Chancellor Sharon Morrissey. “We know educational quality and affordability are important to our students and their families, and we’re particularly gratified we’ve been able to hold tuitions at their current levels for several years running.”

The VCCS state board also maintained the existing tuition rate for out-of-state students, which is $354.10 per credit hour.

In addition, according to a news release, the board decided there would be no increases in the upcoming academic year to the tuition differential rates charged at eight of Virginia’s 23 community colleges (Germanna, Brightpoint, Northern Virginia, Piedmont Virginia, Reynolds, Tidewater, Virginia Peninsula, and Virginia Western). Tuition differential rates exist to allow colleges to address unique and specific institutional priorities.

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Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.

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