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The Blue & Gray Press | August 25, 2019

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Tuition Increase Approved

Sarah Sanders/Bullet

Sarah Sanders/Bullet

The University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors unanimously approved a mid-year tuition increase of $100 for each full-time student at its meeting today.

Each full-time student will be charged an additional $100 for the spring semester. Part-time students will be charged an additional $8 per credit hour and graduate students will be charged an additional $12 per credit hour.

The BOV implemented the additional charges to make up for the recent state-level budget cuts. About a third of state funds, more than $6 million, have been cut since 2007, according to a news release.

The increase will generate about $435,000, which will go toward maintaining the academic programs and providing some additional need-based financial aid, according to the release.

In addition to the increase in tuition, UMW will make more than $2 million in cuts from its 2009-2010 budget, by not filling vacant positions and cutting departmental budgets.

This is the first mid-year tuition increase at UMW since 2002.

The UMW BOV’s decision came at the same time William and Mary announced that its students will be charged an additional $300 for next semester, according to the William and Mary Web site.


  1. Aubrey

    Then how is all of this new construction going through? Why didn’t we use the money to hire teachers instead of trying to expand the school?

  2. Anne Elder

    From what I understand, the construction of Eagle Village is a project of the UMW Foundation, which does not use the same funds as the hiring of professors. Also, the construction is an effort to make UMW more appealing, and therefore get more applicants and in turn gain more tuition money to hire the professors. The administration appears to be optimistic about the benefits Eagle Village will have to the UMW community. It was also started as an attempt to preserve the green space on campus(because who wants a dorm in the middle of Ball Circle?!). The investment of the construction has been throughly planned, as has the allocation of most of the UMW Foundation’s money(which includes private donations and other endowments). I hope this answers your question, ultimately I think it’s because the money comes from two different places.

  3. Jay Mahan

    A mid-year tuition increase? For people whose tuition is based almost entirely on student loans and have no savings to speak of, this is a slap in the face. But I would expect nothing less from UMW’s BOV. Most of them are people who wouldn’t know what the phrase “struggling to make ends meet” even means and are so out of touch with the average student at Mary Wash that they might as well be from another planet. I will be so glad when I graduate in May so I don’t have to deal with this nonsense any more.

  4. Beth Babcock

    I want to know where the student voice was in all this. Did we get a say? And if so, what is the point of doing it now rather than wait until next year’s tuition increase?

    It feels a little bait-and-switch. New freshmen coming in have one price advertised, but then find out they have to pay more… For a school that spends so much effort into the recruiting sector, this is not good publicity
    And Jay? I completely agree with you: Looking forward to the real world where all is fair and just. 😉

  5. Jay Mahan

    Beth, I assume you are being sarcastic…? The real world is not often fair and just. When I graduate, I will be exchanging UMW’s brand of BS for the BS of wherever I end up (job, grad school, etc.). But part of the problem is the two issues you highlighted: what role did students have in this decision to to hike tuition (zero, I would guess) and the fact that it is a form of false advertising and rather dishonest to freshmen and transfer students especially.

  6. Michelle

    Honestly, a $100 increase is not as bad as I was expecting. Last week when people heard they were going to increase tuition, people were acting as if it was the apocalypse! Even some professors were scaring me and other students into thinking it was a dire situation and that we were going to have to cough up a lot of money. At least they did not increase it by $500 or $1,000! Besides, our tuition is still a lot less expensive than most Virginia public schools, so that’s something to be thankful for…

    I have no idea how the loan process goes, since I’m on some kind of state run pre-paid tuition plan, but I guess it’s difficult to get an extra $100 for a loan? $100 isn’t too difficult to save up if you cut costs in other unnecessities like going off campus to eat, shopping for new clothes when you don’t need it, and alcohol (but what college student is going to want to give that up?).

  7. Erin

    Statewide tuition is rising and budgets are being cut. I was pleased with the comparably low increase of UMW tuition compared to other universities. I understand why many students with loans would be upset by this, but I wouldn’t pinpoint UMW as the cause. Virginia’s state government is a far better place to look; generally, this state doesn’t care too much about the woes of college students.

  8. Stephanie

    The fact that there was a tuition increase is not so surprising and honestly comparatively it is not bad but that doesn’t make it right. I mean, this is the first I am hearing of this and where do I find it? In The Bullet. Not in an official email, not in a letter in my mailbox, no one called me to let me know.
    Myself, I am on a VA benefit check program where I get a stipend every month, but considering that it is government run I haven’t actually received one in two months. Already I am not paying my car payment and insurance, I have no cash for food or clothes, I can’t even look forward to buying Christmas presents for anyone this year.
    The only plausible way for me to make this money is to start selling my belongings. What college student needs a 5 year old laptop anyhow?

  9. Bryan

    I had a couple of reasons for coming to this college. As an out-of-state student getting by entirely on student loans, 100 dollars is enough to be a pain. The inefficiency of the loan system makes it nearly impossible and impractical to get another 100 dollars approved in time to pay this increase. Students were not made aware of this increase properly. Reminding them that their statements are available does not count, as it does not specifically mention “hey, we are cutting your purse strings again”. To some of us, 100 dollars is not easy to save without Mommy and Daddy holding our hands. I have NO financial support. I do not drink. I eat on campus. I have no social life to speak of, and it costs me about a hundred dollars to get back home. I understand budget cuts (in education, great idea VA!), but the problem is that the money is still spent on extravagant projects, such as orientation events that are both repetitive and obsolete and club activities that are entirely pointless.

  10. Tashina

    While it may not be fair to implement this mid-semester, and while we as students probably should be well notified of this, it doesn’t change the fact that sometimes these things just have to happen. I pay for my education completely with loans and my own money just like many of you, so I know the strain. However, comparatively, our tuition is still cheaper than most in Virginia, and the reality is without making up some of the VA state cuts somewhere, we’re going to lose a lot more than $100 in the long run. We could lose teachers, which would mean fewer classes, and with everyone struggling under the burden to do more, the quality of our education would suffer. Additionally, while it may seem useless to spend money on activities, recruiting, etc, those things are part of what makes a campus tick. If we couldn’t advertise Devil/Goat Day, or Homecoming, and so on, there would be less draw for new students (especially as we already don’t have a lot of school spirit). To be honest, I was surprised the increase wasn’t more, as approx. $400,000 really won’t do much for an entire university.