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As the Percentage of State Funding Falls, Local Tuition Costs Soar

It’s that time of year again, when college-bound freshmen fly the coop and head for the halls of higher learning. And this year, students attending Virginia’s universities will be paying more than ever for the privilege of postsecondary education.

Officials at the College of William & Mary stunned state budget writers in May when they announced a 12 percent increase in tuition to $15,810 per year. At schools across the commonwealth, the percentage of state funding has been falling over the years, sending local tuition costs soaring.

If there’s college in your family’s future, you’d be wise to start saving soon. Here is the in-state cost for a single year’s tuition at Coastal Virginia’s public universities—and this is before room, board and books are figured in.

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