Radford University will not raise tuition for the first time in 19 years.
The school's Board of Visitors unanimously voted Friday to keep tuition rates the same during 2019-20 for in-state and out-of-state students for all programs.
The freeze comes after Virginia lawmakers appropriated $52.5 million as an incentive for public colleges in the state to not raise tuition. RU will receive $1.7 million of that for freezing in-state tuition and mandatory fees. School officials did not immediately respond when asked Friday afternoon if that would cover the amount of money the university would have gained if tuition would have been raised.
Tuition for in-state graduates will remain at $7,922 and out-of-state tuition will remain at $19,557. The comprehensive fee, paid in addition to tuition, is increasing from $3,230 to $3,370. Standard room and board fees will go up 2% to $5,387 and meal plans for those living on campus will go up 3% to $4,356.
In-state graduate tuition will stay at $8,915 and $17,441 for out-of-state students. Those students pay the same amount in fees as undergraduate students. Doctoral programs are priced per credit hour and vary depending on the program.
University President Brian Hemphill said he was pleased with the board’s decision to approve the freeze.
“With today’s action regarding tuition for the upcoming year, I extend my appreciation to the board of visitors for approving the administration’s recommendation, and I express my gratitude to state leaders for making increased investments in our university and our students. This year’s action by the [BOV] represents the first time since 2001 that Radford University has not increased tuition,” he said in a released statement.
Tuition for the newly named Radford University Carilion – formerly Jefferson College of Health Sciences – in Roanoke will decrease 10% overall from this year’s price. With tuition and fees, it will cost both in and out-of-state students $24,187.
University spokeswoman Caitlynn Scaggs said the difference in tuition between RU and RUC has to do with the operational costs associated with each site.
“Radford University is committed to working diligently to reduce the cost to attend Radford University Carilion. Over the next five years, there is a plan to reduce tuition and fees by 35%. Such a reduction will better align the tuition and fee structures at the main campus and the Roanoke site,” she wrote in a statement.
Last month, Hemphill told The Roanoke Times that prospective students will apply to Radford and designate to which campus they are seeking admission.
He said the experiences will continue to differ, as the Radford campus offers a traditional university setting, and the Roanoke campus offers a professional environment for students to engage with doctors and nurses from the outset.
Hemphill said the reduction could not occur immediately, as Radford had committed to employing all of Jefferson’s faculty and staff and will need to grow the number of students to cover the expenses.
School officials also announced the number of freshmen applications increased from 13,890 last year to 16,255 with 717 of those coming from RUC. The number of students admitted was 11,908, 200 of which are for RUC.
As of May 7, freshman deposits are down from 1,844 last year to 1,752, with 45 coming from RUC. School officials said that number could rise before the fall semester.
Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia and numerous other state public schools have also froze tuition for in-state students.
Tech’s estimated tuition, educational and general fees in-state students will pay stays at $11,420. For out-of-staters, tuition will rise 2.9 percent — or $856 — from $29,104 to $29,960. Tech’s comprehensive fee, which pays for some auxiliary enterprises, will go up 3.5 percent regardless of residency for all students from $2,025 to $2,096.