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MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (AP) — Tuition at West Virginia University will rise 6 percent, or $366 per year, for resident undergraduates this fall under a new tuition and fees package approved Thursday by the Board of Governors.

The board also approved a 4 percent increase, or $764 per year, for non-resident undergrads at its meeting at the WVU Institute of Technology in Montgomery. The board's student representative, Zach Redding, voted no.

Graduate students will see similar percentage increases under the new tuition and fee structure.

Undergraduate and graduate students in health sciences face fee increases ranging from 1.6 percent to 10 percent.

Resident students at WVU Tech and Potomac State in Keyser will pay about 4.5 percent more in tuition.

Non-residents at Tech also face a 4.5 percent increase, while non-residents at Potomac State will pay 1.7 percent more.

Housing costs will rise about 4.5 percent on all campuses.

Narval Weese, vice president for administration and finance, warned of the increases in April, when WVU learned it was facing a nearly 9 percent cut in state funding, or about $13 million. But WVU has said it would also raise scholarship funding to try to help keep college within financial reach of many families.

Even with the latest increases, WVU says it remains among the nation's least expensive flagship state universities.

WVU's in-state tuition remains second-lowest among peers including Virginia Tech, Kentucky and Georgia.

Officials say WVU is also considered a "best buy" when compared to regional competitors such as Pitt, Penn State, Ohio State and Maryland.

Last summer, the board approved a 5 percent increase in tuition. The board also approved a one-time fee of $63 per semester last year to replace all the individual course fees that students were once charged.

 

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