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WVU Board Votes to Increase Tuition

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The West Virginia University's Board of Governors approved a tuition increase Friday of nearly 10 percent for in-state students and 5 percent for those who live out of state.

Only the student representative on the board voted against the proposal.

In-state undergraduate students will see an increase of $672 per year in tuition, raising the annual total to more than $7,600. Out-of-state undergrads will see an increase of $1,008 a year, making tuition more than $21,000.

Because the tuition increase for in-state students is more than 5 percent, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will cast a final vote.

The hike marks a 29 percent increase for WVU's in-state tuition over the past five years.

The tuition increase is part of a budget proposal BOG members will put to a final vote in June. Included in that budget are funds for a new initiative for incoming freshmen that will pay them a $750 bonus if they finish their degree in four years.

The budget also allows for a 3 percent funding pool to be used for staff pay raises, which the University said in a press release they haven’t received for two years.

The BOG also approved the “Dream First” campaign, an initiative focused on raising $50 million in student scholarships through WVU and the WVU Foundation.

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