BOV Votes to Raise 2010-11 Tuition and Fees, Room and Board Rates

Posted: May 6, 2010 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: May 6, 2010 at 8:02 am

By Daniel Walsch

Mason’s Board of Visitors (BOV) voted on May 5 to raise tuition, fees and room and board rates for in-state and out-of-state undergraduates for the 2010-11 academic year.

As a result of this unanimous decision, the annual cost for in-state undergraduates will increase by $950 or 6.1 percent to $16,624. For out-of-state undergraduates, the rates will increase by $1,730 or 5.5 percent to $33,388.

In making its decision, the BOV said it was necessary to ensure that Mason continues providing students and the overall region with academic programs of the highest caliber.

Since the 2007-08 academic year, Mason’s general fund appropriation has been cut four times by more than $45 million. This includes an unexpected general fund reduction of $4.5 million during the current fiscal year.

Faculty and staff members have not received a salary increase in three years. Further, over the past 10 years, state support for higher education has dropped from covering nearly 60 percent of the cost of education to less than 30 percent in the coming year.

“This trend shifts the burden onto the students to close the funding gap through tuition increases,” said Maurice Scherrens, Mason’s senior vice president.

Regarding tuition and fees only, following are other highlights of the BOV’s action:

  • For in-state undergraduate students: $8,024 to $8,686 or an 8.2 percent increase
  • For in-state graduate students: $9,7752 to $10,556 or an 8.2 percent increase
  • For out-of-state undergraduate students: $23,120 to $24,500 or a 6 percent increase
  • For out-of-state graduate students: $23,888 to $25,316 or a 6 percent increase
  • For in-state law students: $20,556 to $22,222 or an 8.1 percent increase
  • For out-of-state law students: $34,220 to $36,278 or a 6 percent increase

A complete listing of the BOV’s action may be viewed at

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