Tuition and fee increases for incoming William and Mary students reduced

aheymann@vagazette.com

The College of William and Mary’s Board of Visitors reduced the tuition and mandatory fee increase incoming students in fall 2019 would pay at a meeting on Friday.

The tuition and fee reduction is part of the college’s 2018-2024 Six-Year Plan. The Board of Visitors must submit a plan to the state every year. The board submitted their plan earlier in the spring.

However, when the board recognized incremental state support, they updated the plan to reduce projected increases.

The prediction of tuition and mandatory fee increases over these years have decreased from 6.4 percent total, or 1.58 percent annually, to 5.4 percent a year, or 1.31 percent a year.

The resolution also said the decision was made to help improve the affordability of education for in-state students.

The board added that it would continue the William and Mary Promise. The promise guarantees undergraduate tuition and fees will remain stable following an in-state student’s first year of college.

Tuition for incoming students for next year will be determined at the Board of Visitors’ November meeting. A public hearing will be held on the increase with at least 30 days notice.

Other changes the board made during its Sept. 26-28 meetings were:

  • The board created a new major: a Bachelor of Arts for Japanese Studies. Previously students would combine classes to create their own Japanese Studies major. Since the College already has the faculty and classes, creating the major will not cost William and Mary any money.
  • The Board of Visitors changed the school’s Masters of Arts in Psychology degree to a Masters of Science degree in Psychological Sciences.
  • Voted to name an area in the college “Munford Plaza” after Mary-Cooke Munford, who was an activist for public education.

Heymann can be reached by phone at 757-298-5828 or on Twitter at @HeymannAmelia.

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