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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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“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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Out of Control College Costs

Out of Control College Costs

James Koch, acting president of Partners 4 Affordable Excellence @EDU, a board of visitors professor of economics and a former president of Old Dominion University, recently penned this editorial that’s been published in Virginia newspapers this month.  I have been asked by many individuals why I support the efforts of Partners for Affordable Excellence @EDU, which has been an important…

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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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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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Join us to `ACT Now’ to stem the tide of rising college tuition costs and restore the American dream of higher education

Join us to `ACT Now’ to stem the tide of rising college tuition costs and restore the American dream of higher education

No one disputes that a college degree is now the “new high school” necessary to succeed in today’s economy, or that an educated society is crucial to our country’s ability to compete in today’s diversified global economy. Yet Virginia public four-year colleges and universities are now the seventh most expensive in the country. And in 2015, Virginia had zero—that’s right,…

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UVA sits on a $2.3 billion “strategic fund” while students launch GoFundMe campaigns to pay for their tuition

UVA sits on a $2.3 billion “strategic fund” while students launch GoFundMe campaigns to pay for their tuition

Against a backdrop of soaring tuition rates that have climbed 74 percent in the past seven years at the University of Virginia, it’s been revealed that the university is sitting on a $2.3 billion “Strategic Investment Fund” that administrators have accumulated over decades. The $2.3 billion is on top of UVA’s $6.1 billion endowment that’s 18th highest in the country…

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