MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University tuition is going up this fall, the school's Board of Governors decided on Friday as it also approved a budget of about $1.1 billion for the next fiscal year.
Tuition will climb 1.87% for resident students, or $84 a semester. Nonresident students' tuition will go up by 1.99% or $252 per semester. Both include a $24 university fee increase, with half of it going to support added mental health services, the university said in a news release.
Paula Congelio, vice president for finance and chief financial officer, said WVU must plan for the future while continuing to balance uncertainties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. A 1.5% decline is state appropriations in 2022 is anticipated, the release said.
The university announced plans this month for a full return to campus in August.
The school expects a first-time freshmen enrollment of 4,301 on the Morgantown campus, down from 4,508. Also, housing revenue is expected to increase 3% in Morgantown and Keyser with an anticipated flat occupancy rate, the release said.
The budget also assumes scholarship expense will increase as more returning students became eligible and a slight increase in revenue from grants and contracts. There is also expected to be $5 million in expenses related to COVID-19, the release said.