Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: September 16, 2022
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Christian Martinez,

Governor Youngkin Praises UVA’s Decision to Keep Tuition Flat

RICHMOND, VA— Governor Glenn Youngkin today praised the University of Virginia’s decision to join the 13 other college and university boards to keep tuition flat for UVa’s in-state students.  

“The University of Virginia is one of the nation’s premier universities and I thank them for working together with us on behalf of Virginia families. I have encouraged colleges to keep tuition flat at a time when inflation is hurting Virginia families and I appreciate that almost all of our public universities across the Commonwealth are doing so. Today’s decision demonstrates that we can alleviate the burden on Virginia’s students by halting tuition raises to provide more opportunities for Virginia students to pursue higher education,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. 

In February at the William and Mary convocation, Governor Youngkin tasked all schools with the following: 

"I strongly urge our college and university boards to show restraint in tuition increases just as you have been doing during the pandemic. William & Mary has demonstrated real leadership in this area, finding efficiencies, working through collaboration and expanding partnerships to control costs. There are ways to grow universities without growing tuition. And the reason this is important is, if we are not careful, we will price first generation students and those that come from low-income homes out of the market. And we can’t do that, because of the transformative impact a college degree has on the life of Virginians."

The following colleges and universities have decided to keep their tuition flat: Christopher Newport University, James Madison University, Longwood University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, Richard Bland College, University of Mary Washington, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech, William and Mary, the entire Virginia Community College System and now University of Virginia and University of Virginia College Wise.

George Mason University is the only college that has yet to make a decision; the Board Tuition Committee will be making a recommendation to the full Mason board in the near future.

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