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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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“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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“One senator sees conflict as bills addressing higher-ed cost are thwarted”

“One senator sees conflict as bills addressing higher-ed cost are thwarted”

One senator sees conflict as bills addressing higher-ed cost are thwarted, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported this week. “A state senator spoke out Tuesday against what he said is “an obvious conflict of interest” as legislation intended to address the cost of higher education continues to stall in the General Assembly,” the Richmond-based newspaper reported. “Sen. J. Chapman Petersen, D-Fairfax City,…

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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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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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