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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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“UVa fund prompts transparency legislation”

“UVa fund prompts transparency legislation”

Two bills in the General Assembly, both prompted by transparency concerns at the University of Virginia, have near-unanimous support with lawmakers, The Daily Progress reported this week. “One of the proposals would require state colleges’ governing boards to post 30 days’ notice when they plan to vote on a proposed tuition increase,” according to The Daily Progress. “The notice would…

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“Why is the price tag so high?”

“Why is the price tag so high?”

Why is the price tag so high? That’s what The Franklin News-Post asked in its pages this week. And they were referring to the cost of higher education. “We pay the price because we have to,” Brian Carlton wrote. “If we don’t, we’ll miss out on jobs and opportunity. That’s what everyone tells you when you’re deciding on a college…

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“Siobhan Dunnavant column: Passport Credits will ensure fewer higher-ed hoops to jump through”

“Siobhan Dunnavant column: Passport Credits will ensure fewer higher-ed hoops to jump through”

“As a parent of four children who have attended, or will soon attend, one of Virginia’s public universities, I am acutely aware of the costs and challenges facing families and students today,” Siobhan Dunnavant wrote in the Richmond Times-Dispatch today. Dunnavant represents the 12th District in the Virginia Senate, and is a practicing OB-GYN in Henrico. “The fact is, college…

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