Recent news from the college admissions / search / finance front.
Many states’ budget woes have bumped up public university tuition and fees. Some public universities also must maintain a delicate balance between the funds received from the state government with the higher non-resident fees paid by out-of-state admitted students.
Stories published in the past two days bring the Virginia public university picture up to date.
1. From Monday: We have state legislators concerned that Virginia residents are not admitted to the state’s premier public universities because they (UVa and William & Mary) are accepting too many non-residents.
Currently UVa admits approximately 30 percent from out-of-state; William & Mary, 35 percent. The legislator quoted in the article — also a W&M grad — would like out-of-state enrollment capped at 25 percent.
One, upset that so many constituents’ children with stellar grades are denied admission to the University of , says the school could be called the “ , .”
The legislator, Del. Timothy D. Hugo, represents Fairfax County, which is well represented at UVa, according to this article (and to those outside Fairfax County, natch). It’s hard to discern a pattern in the out-of-state enrollment numbers at UVa and W&M. The source data is available from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; see the searchable, downloadable database for 1993-2010 here. I’ve included a couple of graphs from those numbers; these show in-state enrollments. [Click graph to enlarge.]
While the legislator seeks a 25% cap for out-of-state enrollment, the lowest for UVa since 1993 is 29.7% (2005); the lowest for William & Mary is 31.8% (2008).
The article hits a lot of admissions topics — how decisions are made, how high schools are compared, what happens when two students from one school with similar records get different decisions, etc. Important locally, state-wide, and to parents trying to understand how it all works.
2. Tuesday’s article updates the tuition and fees data for Virginia public universities. [This article, from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, was also published in the Daily Progress, but could not be found there online.] The source data for this article is also available from SCHEV, via a 36 page pdf, 2011-2012 Tuition & Fees Report, which can be found here.
Although its percentage increase at 7.7 percent is below the state average, College of William and Mary students also will pay an additional $944 for a total of $13,132. With room and board, W&M is the state’s most expensive public school at $22,024, followed by Virginia Military Institute, which requires cadets to live on grounds, at $20,630.
UVa’s increase is 8.9%, bringing total charges to $20,612.
According to the newspaper article, Virginia states a goal of funding 67 percent of the public university cost, asking the student to pay 33 percent. The state’s contribution this year sets a new low of 51 percent, raising the question of how public these universities really are.
Virginia families are fortunate to have a wide range of public universities available. The most selective of them — the two highlighted here rank high on the USNews list — provide an attractive enough opportunity that Delegate Hugo and others think it should be more readily available to more Virginia students. And yet, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s contribution to the public universities is at an all time low.
What do you think? How many out-of-state undergrads does it take to balance the public university budget?
- How to Qualify for Out-of-State Tuition Breaks (usnews.com)