ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) – Tuition and fees for community colleges in Virginia will remain the same for the upcoming school year. This is the fifth consecutive year that they have managed to maintain their costs.
Piedmont Virginia Community College President Jean Runyon said an affordable education is essential.
“Affordability really goes a long way, ensuring that anyone who wants to get a college degree or credentials can do so,” Runyon said.
Governor Glenn Youngkin and the General Assembly established a state budget to ensure no changes were made to tuition and fees.
“Well, we are very grateful to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia,” said Blue Ridge Community College President John Downey. “I’ve worked really hard to provide colleges and universities, especially community colleges, with enough funding so that we don’t have to raise tuition this year.
Many students work multiple jobs or support their families while earning a degree.
“So overcoming those challenges means we’re trying to help them by keeping costs as stable as possible over the years,” Downey said.
Downey believes affordable education can have a positive impact on individuals.
“Having that college education, whether it’s an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree, makes a huge difference to the rest of your life in terms of the salary leading up to it,” he said. .
Community colleges hope to keep tuition stable for years to come.
“We want to do everything we can to make education affordable so that students can truly achieve this professional and personal academic enrichment,” Runyon said.
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