W&M in-state, undergrad freshmen will see a 5.4 percent tuition increase next fall

aheymann@vagazette.com

The College of William and Mary Board of Visitors approved a 5.4 percent tuition increase for in-state freshmen next fall; that equates to $18,375 a year in tuition.

At their meeting in October, the board agreed to a lower increase than they had anticipated because of more state support.

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

Because of the William and Mary Promise, current undergraduate students at the college will not see an increase in tuition. The Promise guarantees students will not have to pay more in tuition than they did during their freshman year.

Fees and tuition for out-of-state freshmen have not yet been determined and will be set at the board’s April meeting.

Also at the meeting:

» The board approved the demolition of several buildings at the Virginia Marine Institute of Sciences so they can build a new 32,000 square foot building and a new oyster hatchery closer to the water.

» President Katherine Rowe announced she would lead a conversation on her thinking forward series, which will discuss issues she has determined to be important for the future of the college, namely to increase diversity and inclusiveness on campus and to create a fiscally and environmentally sustainable organization.

“Let's make sure this is not another moment where we shower ourselves with words,” Rowe said, quoting a faculty member who had spoken to her earlier this semester.

» During the meeting of the Committee on Student Experience, board members were informed the new wellness center was extremely successful, with more students getting flu shots and checkups. The center also has seen a 30 percent increase in therapy visits and a 60 percent increase in immediate crises visits.

What’s next?

The Board of Visitors next meeting is Feb. 6-8, 2019. The meetings are open to the public, but there will be no opportunity for public comment.

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

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