By Maya Jordan ’11
Richmond, VA.,(May,2010)–The university would wait until my upcoming senior year to raise tuition and fees for the 2010-2011 school year. In an e-mail sent by President Michael Rao he said “VCU cannot sustain its mission with a combination of low tuition and a low state appropriation.”To all of you all that haven’t guessed it yet we are losing money. The university has about $13 million less in state funding than it received 10 years ago. It’s a crying shame.
Budget In Layman Terms?
- In-state tuition and mandatory fees for in-state for students will now sky rocket to $8,817, an increase of $1,700.
- Non-resident undergraduates will pay $21,949, a $1,200 increase.
- The rates for university housing and meal plans will increase $191 to $8,526.
- Keauna Lyles, a freshman fashion major said “I just feel like the university is not to blame but its the fault of the goverment because we’re losing funding. I guess it’s to be expected.” You know what Keauna maybe your right the excuses for everything going up is the fact that were in a “recession” is starting to sound real cliché even if it is true. I mean really VCU had alot of bullets to dodge, I’m just glad the budget cuts arrived now as opposed to 2 or 3 years ago or I would have had to suffer the consequence of transferring. And I can assure you I would not have been the only one. But whose to say that students still won’t.
- Well Keauna, don’t talk to David Cascante, a senior Spanish major because he has a totally different take on the rise of tuition. “I think it makes it difficult, especially for those who don’t have money, need financial aid and a lot of people can’t apply or qualify as the tuition keeps increasing.” If I must say so myself, I do need financial aid my parents amongst other students here at the university don’t make $100,000 a year. And the fact that VCU is a public university contributed to my selection of the school. Because I figured if I attend a public university, the government would send big bucks here. I guess our time is officially up.
Pros Outweigh The Cons
I’m just glad I don’t attend Va.Tech or William & Mary. Don’t get me wrong those are great schools for learning but when it comes to tuition people you will pay. It costs $11,190 to attend Va.Tech and $11,100 to attend William & Mary. Even though I dislike the cutbacks of majors, faculty and class sections. I must point out that VCU has provided me with so many wonderful things that I refuse to leave this university. And when your parents’ tell you they’ll find a way for you to stay, then that leaves you with no choice but to stay put.