Virginia Wesleyan Freezes Tuition for 2023-2024
Full-time students will pay the same rate of tuition for the sixth consecutive year
University News | February 8, 2023
Virginia Wesleyan University is freezing tuition for the sixth consecutive year. During its winter meeting on February 2, the VWU Board of Trustees approved the decision for all full-time students to pay the same rate of tuition in the 2023-2024 Academic Year, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the University.
“At Virginia Wesleyan, our longtime commitment to providing an affordable education has been a crucial differentiator that helps us appeal to financially responsible students who are looking to start their careers without the heavy burden of unreasonable student loans,” Dr. Miller said.
Virginia Wesleyan has adopted a wide variety of measures to remain affordable and financially support students. In addition to capping tuition and fees at their current level for six years in a row, the University has established an on-campus student work program; launched the Batten Honors College, which fully or partially funds 40 new academically talented students each year; created three-year degree pathways for 27 of its bachelor’s degree programs, allowing interested students to complete their degree in a more accelerated and affordable format; widened access to early- and dual-enrollment programs; made January Term affordable; added online summer courses and expanded institutional grants and scholarships.
VWU offers competitive financial aid packages and assists students in identifying other sources of aid as well, with 98 percent of students receiving financial assistance. Special discounted tuition is also offered for students in the Evening and Weekend Program and VWU Online, where rates are almost 75 percent less than tuition for traditional day students.
Virginia Wesleyan also fights annually for expansion of the state's Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) for students who reside in the Commonwealth. Last year, around 22,000 Virginia undergraduates received this grant, and Virginia Wesleyan students alone received upward of $2.7 million.
“All of these changes result in greater affordability, increased retention, and stronger graduation rates,” said Dr. Miller. “Affordability will continue to be in the forefront of our planning at Virginia Wesleyan, and a tuition freeze for 2023-2024 is just one of many actions we are employing to help our students and their families benefit from the lifelong value of a world-class education.”
Prospective students and their families are also encouraged to think value, not just advertised cost. The University’s coastal campus, in the middle of a vibrant urban area, is ideal for internships, career starts, sports activities, and many cultural and recreational attractions.