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Pain of College Debt Weighs Heavily On Virginians

Pain of College Debt Weighs Heavily On Virginians

Statewide survey reveals Virginians want elected officials to address unaffordable college tuition and its impact on the Virginia economy. RICHMOND, Va. – From forcing families to delay starting a family, to preventing recent graduates from purchasing a home and entrepreneurs from starting businesses to help spur the economy, the impact of college debt is felt far and wide across Virginia. Voters…

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Virginia Legislators Stand Up for Affordable Tuition

Virginia Legislators Stand Up for Affordable Tuition

The gears of change are beginning to turn toward better accountability, affordability and transparency in how Virginia public colleges and universities make financial decisions that affect tuition. Virginia lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have come together in an effort to address the rising cost of higher education in the Old Dominion. More than a dozen Republican and Democratic…

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Rising Cost of Tuition Often Leads to Food Insecurity

Rising Cost of Tuition Often Leads to Food Insecurity

With the rising cost of a college education, students across the country are having to make difficult financial decisions when it comes to finding the funding to complete their degrees. That increasingly means students face forced cuts living expenses, including food. And that includes students on Virginia public college campuses. According to a recent report produced by the College and…

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Virginians’ Views On Higher Education No Longer An Academic Question

Virginians’ Views On Higher Education No Longer An Academic Question

According to a poll released today by Partners 4 Affordable Excellence @EDU, Virginia voters – in fact, more than 85 percent – believe improving the affordability and accessibility of Virginia’s public colleges and universities would help solve one of the state’s thorniest problems: its sluggish economy. The poll, conducted January 3-5 by two of America’s most respected public opinion firms…

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Strapped students turn to GoFundMe to help finance their college education in Virginia

Strapped students turn to GoFundMe to help finance their college education in Virginia

Across Virginia, hundreds if not thousands of students have turned to a novel method of helping finance their college education, underscoring the desperate financial plight of many of the future graduates of the state’s 15 public colleges and universities. The popular website GoFundMe has had Virginia college students opening accounts over the past several years as they turn to the…

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Higher education will take center stage at the 2017 Virginia General Assembly session, with college affordability and access being key issues

Higher education will take center stage at the 2017 Virginia General Assembly session, with college affordability and access being key issues

Higher education will feature prominently in the 2017 Virginia General Assembly session, thanks in part to the “unaffordability” of an education at the commonwealth’s 15 public, four-year universities and colleges. Several factors point toward higher ed becoming a key issue of the 2017 Virginia GA session. These factors include: The July 2016 disclosure of a $2.2 billion “strategic initiative fund”…

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UVA Board of Visitors members entertaining dipping into $2.2 billion slush fund to lower tuition for students

UVA Board of Visitors members entertaining dipping into $2.2 billion slush fund to lower tuition for students

A $2.2 billion fund that had been secretly established and funded at the University of Virginia over the past decade while tuition soared could be tapped to lower costs for students. The Washington Post has reported that members of the UVA Board of Visitors discussed at its Nov. 11 meeting that the “strategic investment fund” is a potential source to…

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A student-led initiative helps reset tuition in Washington state, a success story that offers a roadmap for other states

A student-led initiative helps reset tuition in Washington state, a success story that offers a roadmap for other states

Spurred by a grassroots, student-led campaign, the state of Washington in a legislative action last year dialed back its tuition fees at state colleges and universities in a historic reset that’s the first of its kind in the country. Washington state lawmakers cut tuition at the state’s four-year colleges and universities by 15 to 20 percent in the 2015-17 budget.…

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Skyrocketing tuition in Virginia’s 15 public, four-year colleges and universities far outpaces rates of inflation, income

Skyrocketing tuition in Virginia’s 15 public, four-year colleges and universities far outpaces rates of inflation, income

Hikes in tuition and fees at Virginia’s public, four-year colleges and universities have soared as much as 263 percent in the past decade, far outpacing inflation and the median incomes of households in the commonwealth. Cumulatively, Virginia’s 15 public, four-year colleges and universities hiked tuition and fees an average of 88 percent over the past decade, according to a review…

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