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Political Headlines: How candidates for Virginia governor are tackling college affordability

Political Headlines: How candidates for Virginia governor are tackling college affordability

Since 2007, the price of tuition at Virginia’s public universities has skyrocketed, with the average cost of tuition and mandatory fees at a public four-year institution increasing 71 percent, to $12,137, according to an article in The Virginian-Pilot this week. How Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates plan to make college more affordable is one of the pressing issues some parents across the Commonwealth want to…

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“EDITORIAL: Why is the price tag so high?”

“EDITORIAL: Why is the price tag so high?”

Why is the price tag so high for college in Virginia? That’s exactly what the Martinsville Bulletin asked this week in their editorial here just after the University of Virginia announced a 2.2 percent increase in tuition costs for in-state and 3.5 percent for out of state students. “We pay the price because we have to,” the editorial stated. “If we don’t,…

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“Editorial: Another VCU price hike? C’mon.”

“Editorial: Another VCU price hike? C’mon.”

It’s true. Even after all of the talk this year at the 2017 General Assembly session about the cost of higher education in the state, Virginia Commonwealth University raised tuition. And this week the Richmond Times-Dispatch published an editorial saying, “another VCU price hike? C’mon.” The editorial called the tuition hike strictly a policy choice that parents should understand is…

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Off and running? Starting life $23,000 in debt

Off and running? Starting life $23,000 in debt

Students at Virginia Commonwealth University recently voiced their concerns in a video interview with ACT Now! about the effects of ever-rising college tuition costs. For many students, the result is an unbearable load of debt facing them at the beginning of their post-college life. “It’s really daunting, when you’re 18 knowing you’re already $23,000 in debt. I’m 18 and I’m starting…

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“Colleges were on the defense this legislative session”

“Colleges were on the defense this legislative session”

Colleges were on the defense this legislative session in Virginia, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported today. “The legislative season saw efforts to limit tuition, increase scrutiny of finances and curtail some of the autonomy that the schools gained when the General Assembly approved higher-education restructuring more than a decade ago,” the Virginia paper reported, highlighting specifically the nonprofit advocacy group called…

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“Editorial: The campaign speech we’d like to hear”

“Editorial: The campaign speech we’d like to hear”

The campaign speech we’d all like to see from Virginia’s upcoming candidates for governor includes addressing the cost of college tuition in the Commonwealth. And today, The Roanoke-Times wrote and published it “in hopes that one of the six people running for governor – two Democrats, four Republicans – will claim it as their own.” “College costs too much,” Roanoke’s…

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