Tuition and Financial Aid

Virginia's junior U.S. Senator is backing a federal dual-enrollment bill that would enable more students to attend high school while earning college credits.

Senator Tim Kaine says his family saved money through a dual enrollment program—and similar initiatives nationally could help put more students through college.

Kaine is co-sponsoring the “Supporting College Access and Success through Dual Enrollment Act” because it allows a student to shave off a year or more of college tuition and dorm costs.

Concerns that skyrocketing costs may be driving many Virginia families away from higher education prompted state lawmakers to mandate a study to discover which factors are making tuition and fees so expensive.

In its second in a series of reports, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission broke down the costs of non-academic university services, including athletics, recreation centers, housing, and dining. 

College Students & Loan Debt

Jun 18, 2013

On average, college graduates rack up more than $26,000 in student loan debt by the time they’re out of school, and if Congress fails to act, the federal interest rate on those loans will double July 1st.

To try and get their message across to lawmakers, Virginia Young Democrats and student leaders from Old Dominion University and George Mason University are asking Congressmen Frank Wolf and Scott Rigell to stop the rate hike from happening. 

VaNews for 05.28.13

May 28, 2013

Stories about political pressure on state universities to hold down tuition and some movement toward offshore wind energy development were among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.

virginia.edu

There are new calls for diversity at the University of Virginia where critics say the African American

population has dropped from 12 percent in 1995 to just 6 and a half percent today.  Critics say UVA must up its financial aid to compete as Sandy Hausman reports.

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