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 see addressed before deciding whom to vote for in the June 13 primary.
“Candidates from both parties are eyeing improving access to higher education as a way to bolster the economy and attract voters looking for new economic opportunities,” The Virginian-Pilot wrote. “But they vary greatly in how they’d go about it.”
Among the ways candidates suggest addressing the problem include the following:
-Tuition freeze during the next two-year budget cycle, getting more people to enroll in trade schools, and guaranteeing that more in-state students gain admission to the state’s most competitive colleges, like the University of Virginia.
-Expanding online course offerings and matching degrees to career fields that are growing.
-Boosting state funding for colleges and looking at whether more admissions spots should be reserved for Virginia students.
-Providing two free years of community college or trade school.
Read the complete article here to learn more about how each candidate plans to address the issues of college affordability.
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