University of Virginia Offering Free Tuition to Low-Income Virginians

Reported by Education Dive, the University of Virginia will waive tuition for in-state students whose families earn less than $80,000 a year, and in addition, offer free room and board for those students whose families earn less than $30,000 annually.

In the absence of a federal “free college” program, more states are taking individual measures to make their institutions more accessible for low- and middle-income students.

The takeaway? While some skeptics lack confidence in these states’ ability to appropriately fund these programs, other institutions may need to reconsider their own value proposition as virtually “free” alternatives continue to pop up for their prospects, in some cases just down the road.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.