Virginia General Assembly – Affordable College Tuition

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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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“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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“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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“David Ramadan column: Senators, you can control college costs”

“David Ramadan column: Senators, you can control college costs”

Today, in an op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, David Ramadan, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates (2012-2016) and an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, called on Senators to control college costs. “For all the lip service the Virginia legislature pays to making higher education more affordable, Virginia students who want nothing more than a college degree and…

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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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Bill DeSteph & Chap Peterson: “Virginia must do better on college affordability”

Bill DeSteph & Chap Peterson: “Virginia must do better on college affordability”

How often do you see bipartisan collaboration? When there’s an issue as important to Virginians as being able to afford the dream of a better future, people from both sides of the aisle come together. This week, Bill DeSteph, a Republican state senator from Virginia’s 8th District, and Chap Peterson, a Democrat state senator from Virginia’s 34th District, co-authored an editorial…

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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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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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