Institutions across West Virginia are reacting to budget cuts mandated by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, but how colleges and universities offset those budget reductions is entirely up to them.
Students at New River Community and Technical College, which serves nine counties and includes five campuses, will see an increase in tuition as a result of the cuts. The school's board of governors voted recently to recommend a 7 percent tuition increase to help offset the $472,914 in operating funds lost as a result of the budget cuts for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
"Although we would prefer not to raise tuition, this increase is essential to keep our budget at its current level," said New River President L. Marshall Washington. "It will not provide any additional funding for programs or services."
The increase means tuition will increase from $3,234 to $3,460 per year for in-state students taking 12 or more credit hours per semester. The per-credit-hour increase is $9.43, but students can take more than 12 hours at no additional cost.
The school soon will implement a reduced, non-resident tuition rates that would allow students in Virginia counties border West Virginia to pay $4,795 per year rather than the full $7,672 non-resident tuition rate.