NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - The Christopher NewportUniversity Board of Visitors announced Monday that studentswill have to dig deeper in their pockets to pay for the upcomingschool year.
The total increase for tuition, fees and room and board costsfor in-state students will be $1300, or 7.5 percent. Out-of-statestudents will see a 8.5 percent increase for the same services.
Educators say the move is necessary to offset a 6-point-2million dollar loss in state general funds for fiscal year2012.
"I just think it's putting a lot of unnecessary strain onfamilies and people who have to pay for themselves," said studentAllie Daugherty.
On a positive note, the University is setting aside close to $1million for financial aid next year.
Still, Sophomore Chelsea Dilworth says even with financial aid,she has to work to make ends meet.
"There are so many people going here...and the number ofstudents is increasing. They're getting more and more money, Idon't know why they have to increase the tuition," she said.
"Well those are good questions to ask people in Richmond," saidCNU President Paul Trible. "The reason we're being forced toincrease in-state tuition is that we've lost 35 percent of ourstate funding."
Trible says other Virginia universities rely on out of statestudents to make up the difference.
"I don't want to do that; I believe our job is to educate thesons and daughters of Virginia, only 5 percent of our students arefrom out of state," he said.
Trible says that may have to change if things in Richmond don't.Until then, CNU's sons and daughters of Virginia are stuck with thebill.
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