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2011 News Releases

Longwood Board of Visitors votes to increase annual costs by 3.76 percent

May 14, 2011

Longwood University sign in front of French building

[Read the message about tuition from President Finnegan]

The Longwood University Board of Visitors today approved a 3.76 percent increase in 2011-12 tuition, fees, room and board costs for in-state residential students and 6 percent for out-of-state residential students.  For the fall 2011 semester, the total cost for in-state students will increase $675 to $18,644 while total cost for out-of-state students will increase $1,725 to $30,494.

According to Longwood President Patrick Finnegan, the cost increases are needed to narrow the gap created by recent state budget cuts, the elimination of federal stimulus funds, and rising operational costs. Longwood must rely on increased revenue from tuition and fees, more philanthropic support, and improved innovation and efficiency.

"These are trying economic times for everyone," President Finnegan stated,  "and we know that rising tuition and fees impact our students and their families.   But, we must preserve our core mission to educate students and we will do all we can to maintain the excellence of our educational environment and the safety, health, and welfare of our campus community.  Because we understand that access to and affordability of higher education are significant issues for our prospective students, we will also increase financial assistance opportunities."

Since 2008, Longwood University's state funds have been cut more than $9 million, a 36 percent loss of state support for the operating budget.  In addition, federal economic stimulus funds, which amounted to $3.3 million this year, will be completely eliminated next year.