Tuition, Rising Costs for West Virginia University System


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Tuition will increase an average of more than 2.5% systemwide at West Virginia University for the coming fiscal year under a new budget of $1.2 billion.

The WVU Board of Governors approved the budget, which includes a 2.62% or $120 per semester increase for resident students. Non-resident students will pay 2.88% more, or $372, per semester.

Lodging rates will increase by 3%, except at WVU Tech in Beckley. Restoration costs will rise 4.5%, in part due to inflation, the university said in a news release after board approval on Friday.

Employees will receive average raises of 4% to 5%, with minimum starting hourly pay raised to $13, said Rob Alsop, vice president of strategic initiatives. The state funding represents $4.67 million of the $16.2 million needed for salary increases, WVU said.

The university expects a slight increase in grants and contracts, but a decline in COVID-19-related enrollment and will not receive federal or state COVID-19-related funds in the fiscal year, said school.

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