Tuition has increased dramatically at Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities, driven in part by deep state cuts in funding for higher education over the past decade.
Students who already face the greatest economic and racial barriers to higher education are particularly impacted by these rising costs.
And the pressure continues to mount. The Northam administration has asked state colleges and universities to develop plans for further cuts.
Rather than pursuing these harmful measures, state leaders should look to modernize our revenue system and fund a larger share of higher education costs to meet the state’s cost-sharing policy and increase investment in need-based financial aid.
A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows