Hannah King · February 17, 2011
The Southern Virginia University administration recently announced the tuition and room and board costs for the 2011-12 academic year.
Southern Virginia’s tuition will increase by 2.8% in fall 2011, which is lower than the previous year’s increase and last year’s average tuition increase of universities nationwide. Last year, the average public university raised tuition by 7.9% and the average nonprofit private university raised tuition by 4.5%, according to the College Board’s “Trends in College Pricing.”
This increase will bring the sticker price of tuition for full-time Southern Virginia students to $9,150 per semester, a $250 increase. The actual tuition cost for most students is much lower, based on the $4 million in merit, need-based, talent and returned missionary aid awarded by the university to students each year.
Including the coming year, Southern Virginia’s average increase for the last four years is 2.6 percent.
2008-09 – 0% increase
2009-10 – 3% increase
2010-11 – 4.7% increase
2011-12 – 2.8% increase
“We hope that keeping costs low will help students and their families as they make this life-long investment in an excellent liberal arts education,” said Southern Virginia President Rodney K. Smith.
On-campus housing rates will increase slightly for 2011-12, while continuing to provide incremental privileges and decreased costs for upperclassmen. These costs include room, utilities and Internet access.
First-year students – $1,650
Sophomores – $1,450
Juniors – $1,200
All students living in on-campus housing also will pay a $50 fee for unlimited use of laundry facilities.
Additionally, the Dining Dollars Plus meal plan—which includes unlimited meals in the dining hall and an allotment of campus cash to be used in Jonzzey’s Café, the bookstore, and other places on campus—will include an increased amount of campus cash and a slight increase in overall cost. The Dining Dollars Plus meal plan includes $150 dollars of campus cash and costs a total of $1,500 per semester.
“We’re very pleased with how many students have taken advantage of the opportunity to use this convenient and affordable meal plan,” said Scott Doxey, chief operations and systems officer at Southern Virginia. “With Dining Dollars Plus, students can go into the dining hall any time they want, even for a quick snack between classes, without having to worry about the cost of each meal.”
Summer Term Tuition and Housing
Tuition for summer terms in 2011, which is steeply discounted, will increase by $40 dollars for a total of $245 per credit hour.
Summer term housing rates also will change this year.
Summer Term I (3 May 2011–21 June 2011) – $620
Summer Term II (25 July 2011 – 23 Aug. 2011) – $355
The laundry fee for the summer terms will be $25 per term.