Christopher Newport University the latest public college to freeze tuition

By Keya Vakil

April 16, 2019

It’s no secret that college tuition has skyrocketed in recent years. In Virginia, the average public college tuition rose nearly 80%, with some schools seeing their rates double.

Christopher Newport University is among those schools, where tuition jumped from $7,550 in 2008-09 to $14,754 this year.

But there’s finally some good news. CNU is freezing tuition for the 2019-2020 school year, meaning there will be no increase to students and their families. The school is just the latest in a string of Virginia schools that have decided to freeze tuition costs for the 2019-2020 school year.  

This comes after the General Assembly set aside $57.5 million for public colleges that agreed to freeze tuition rates. Schools will also receive $15.5 million in additional financial aid for struggling students.

While this is sure to be well received by students and parents alike, it remains to be seen if it’s a viable long-term solution to the rising cost of higher education and the resulting student loan crisis.

  • Keya Vakil

    Keya Vakil is the deputy political editor at COURIER. He previously worked as a researcher in the film industry and dabbled in the political world.

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