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Panel aims to make University of Virginia more affordable

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The University of Virginia is launching an effort to keep the university affordable.

The work begins Friday in Northern Virginia when a Board of Visitors charged with that task meets.

Rector George K. Martin has said the goal is to have a new tuition and financial aid plan to bring to the full board in the fall.

The Daily Progress reports that U.Va.'s tuition and fees have nearly doubled in the last 10 years. The Charlottesville school is one of the most expensive public institutions for out-of-state students in the country.

Part of the upward tuition spiral has been driven by a decrease in state appropriations. They fell about 32 percent, or $51.5 million, from 2007 to 2012, according to the school.

The panel is meeting in Herndon.


It’s a simple problem to solve….just decide that as taxpayers we have more of our future invested in funding higher ed than we do in funding prisons and boost the amount of tax dollars flowing to public colleges. 

That might mean we raise a tax here and there but wouldn’t it be better to pay a few pennies on a tax here and there than to just “enjoy” the savings for a bit and then deal with a society where no one can afford an education but the rich and well-connected?

It’s a dilemma for Virginia residents in that parents want an affordable, top-tier education for their children. But the easiest way to close a budget gap without raising taxes is to admit more out-of-state students. They pay the inflated tuition, and in the process, create fewer spaces for VA residents. What good is an affordable education at a state school that your kid can’t get in to?

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