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The Blue & Gray Press | September 26, 2017

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Proposed Tuition Hike Well Justified

By VALERIE LAPOINTE
Assistant News Editor

In a forum open to the entire student body, President Hurley and Board of Visitor member, Xavier Richardson, addressed the Student Senate to discuss the details of the proposed tuition hikes. Hurley made it a point to address many of the fears and rumors circulating around campus about the impending tuition increase.

While everyone’s gut reaction to a tuition increase is to become disgruntled as they anticipate the hole in their pocket getting deeper, once Hurley presented the numbers, it was hard not to take his side.

Since 2007 the university’s annual operating budget of $90 million, has been slashed by $8 million, a 35% decrease. In order for UMW to break even during the next fiscal year, tuition, fees, room and board has to go up by $1,206 per student, per year.

This is a low-ball estimate, but the highest it would go up would be $2,464 per student per year.

This is a reasonable request for the university to make in the face of a crippling budget deficit. Every other Virginia college, and most colleges nationwide, are facing similar deficits, and it’s to be expected that the students will end up feeling some strain.

While most other schools will probably implement this policy silently, we are very fortunate to have a President who takes the time to address us directly with an honest and transparent approach.

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  1. Ben Yazman

    I’m writing on behalf of the Legislative Action Committee (LAC), a student lobby effort attached loosely to the school’s student government.

    Much of the possible increase in tuition is because of the creation of our Dahlgreen campus, a production UMW agreed to take on with state funding, which is now in question. Besides other state funds that are constantly being cut, the funding of this project can fall directly on our (the student’s) shoulders. That’s why we, the LAC, go to Richmond every January to petition and lobby the state legislature for funding, in this case that they promised, for our school and our community.

    I invite every student to come on January 20th, with the LAC or on your own, to demonstrate UMW’s presence and importance in the state. You are invited to just show up if you’d like or join us in meeting with legislative representatives to discuss the financial woes facing UMW students.

    To get involved email me at byazman@mail.umw.edu or come to an LAC meeting (very informal and fun!) on Thursday nights under Seaco hall, meet in front of the OSACS office.

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