ROANOKE — Virginia Tech will consider raising its tuition by as much as 4.9 percent for the coming school year.
That’s a maximum amount that the school was required to advertise, based on a new state law.
The university’s board will consider changing tuition for the 2018-19 academic year anywhere between no increase and the 4.9 percent at its March 26 meeting. If an increase is approved, it would be the 17th consecutive year the board has done so.
Virginia Tech released the figure in the newly required public notice. The law requires a public university to advertise a potential tuition increase at least 30 days in advance of a board of visitors vote.
Tuition and fees have steadily increased at Tech and across the state every year since 2001 when tuition was frozen statewide. A 4.9 percent increase would represent the highest percentage increase in tuition since 2014. Last year the school saw an increase of 2.9 percent for in-state undergraduate students and 3.5 percent for out-of-staters.
For undergraduates, a 4.9 percent increase, the maximum hike the board could vote on, would mean annual tuition would increase by $648 from $13,230 to $13,878 for in-state students. The increase would be $1,520 from $31,014 to $32,534 for out-of-state students.
For undergraduates, a 2.9 percent increase, in line with last year’s increase, would lead to an annual increase of about $383 for in-state students and about $899 for out-of-state students. Tuition and mandatory fees would rise from $13,230 to $13,614 for in-state and $31,014 to $31,913 for out-of-state students.
According to the notice, the board will consider the hike to pay for “increasing costs of personnel, fringe benefit rate increases, escalation in fixed costs, investment in academic programs including faculty and enhancing high demand student support services.” The university would also use some of the fees on counseling and health services, transit services, career services and advanced networking, the notice said.
Some incoming undergraduate and graduate students — in engineering, architecture, business and agriculture programs — could also see a program-specific fee hike between no increase and $620, according to the notice.