Times -Â and wallets -Â areÂ tight as ever.Â Still, West VirginiaÂ families will have to shell out even more money this fall when college studentsÂ head back to campus. Â
Officials atÂ 12 of the state’sÂ public collegesÂ and universities –Â allÂ offering at least someÂ four-year degrees –Â have increased tuition and fees for the 2009-2010 academic year, according toÂ data released by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
Four schools – Concord, Glenville State, West Liberty and WVU-Parkersburg – increased tuition costs byÂ at least 8.6 percentÂ for resident undergraduates.
By comparison, Fairmont State and West Virginia StateÂ hiked tuition costs by 3.08 and 3.99Â percent, respectively,Â for resident undergraduates. Still, a year’s tuition and fees atÂ Fairmont State, atÂ $4,952,Â costs more than four of the otherÂ schools. Concord, at $4,974 a year, is the exception.
For resident undergraduates, West Virginia University begs the highestÂ yearly tuition, at $5,304Â per year, while WVU-Parkersburg and WVU’s Potomac State College,Â at $2,845 and $2,886, willÂ cost the least per year. The latter twoÂ schools offer a mix ofÂ associate’s and bachelor’s degrees with someÂ two-year and some four-year programs.
Officials at bothÂ WVU and Marshall, who raised tuition 4 percent and 6.90 percent, respectively, were criticized forÂ announcing theirÂ tuition increases so late in the spring.Â