SVCC Students to Benefit As State Board Holds the Line on Community College Tuition for 2019-2020 Academic Year
RICHMOND —Southside Virginia Community College(SVCC) is among the 23 colleges to benefit from a recent vote by the State Board for Community Colleges. By a unanimous vote, the Board elected to maintain the current in-state tuition and mandatory fees for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Board’s decision means tuition will remain at today’s rate of $154 per credit hour, and keeps community college tuition and mandatory fees at approximately one-third of the comparable costs of attending Virginia’s public four-year universities.
Dr. Al Roberts, Southside Virginia Community College president, said, “Maintaining the current tuition rate for attendance at SVCC is a boost to help students continue their educations at affordable rates. We are grateful for this move to keep prices low.”
“The Virginia General Assembly deserves a great deal of credit for helping us avoid a tuition increase,” said Robin Sullenberger, chair of the State Board for Community Colleges. “Their decision to increase General Fund appropriations gave us the resources necessary to meet the inevitable operating expense increases without asking our students to pay more. We applaud their efforts during the 2019 legislative session.”
Further, the State Board maintained the existing tuition rate for out-of-state students, which is $351.60 per credit hour. The Board approved a technical fee increase for capital cost recovery that applies only to out-of-state students who make up approximately five percent of the total enrollment of Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Established in 1970 as a part of the 23-college Virginia Community College System, SVCC is a two-year institution of higher education. The college operates under the guidance of a local board and is financed by state funds, supplemented by contributions from the participating localities. The college serves ten counties and one city in southern Virginia. SVCC is dedicated to the belief that each individual should be given a continuing opportunity for the development and extension of skills and knowledge along with an opportunity to increase his/her role and responsibility in society.