Tuition and mandatory fees for academic year 2021-22 at Virginia’s public higher education institutions remain largely unchanged from last year for the majority of in-state undergraduate students as a result of institutions’ boards being more sensitive to the economic status of students and parents resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, according to the annual Tuition & Fees Report from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
"Gov. Ralph Northam wants to spend over $100 million of Virginia’s share of American Rescue Plan funding to increase access to financial aid for low- and middle-income college students ... He said he wants $100 million to go to the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia to distribute more financial aid to students attending public institutions for higher education, and another $11 million would be directed to a program that provides financial aid to Virginians attending private institutions," reports The Roanoke Times.
"Leaders across higher education are breathing a collective sigh of relief this summer after arguably the most challenging year of their careers during the pandemic. With high vaccination rates, plummeting COVID cases and deaths, and near-full re-openings across the states, U.S. higher education seems poised to rebound this coming academic year. But despite the generally optimistic outlook relative to a receding pandemic, there remain many reasons why this coming year might actually be harder on higher ed than the past year," reports Forbes.
"Five years ago, state lawmakers acted in bipartisan fashion to help workers find affordable pathways to good paying, high-demand jobs, and employers to find the skilled pool of talent that they need for these positions. In a public health crisis, Virginia’s New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program is paying off," writes the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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