Your college education is an investment.

This website explains how Virginia Commonwealth University uses your tuition dollars and fees.

How is my tuition determined

How is my tuition determined?

Tuition and fees are the financial costs that students pay to attend
the university. They help cover the costs of many aspects of life at Virginia Commonwealth University that directly affect students: paying professors, maintaining university grounds and buildings, safety and security, lighting and utilities, and many more. But just because you see it here on campus (i.e., new buildings and campus artwork), it doesn’t mean that the university used your tuition and fees to buy it. We’ve listed several key facts to help you understand how tuition and fees are determined at VCU.

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What's new for me

What’s new for me?

VCU’s Board of Visitors approves the 2014-15 budget plan that includes a modest tuition increase, a new $25-per-semester library fee and no increase in the mandatory university fees. The “all-in” mandatory tuition and fee increase is 3.3 percent, or $396, for the academic year for students in the per-credit-hour structure.

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How does VCU compare

How does VCU compare with other schools?

VCU is a major research university with several high-cost programs, such as engineering, arts, medicine and biology (the university's largest major); its tuition is now commensurate with that of other Tier III doctoral research institutions.

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Where does my money go

Where does my money go?

The revenue from your tuition goes toward Virginia Commonwealth University’s instructional programs and related support services. The funds cannot be used for items such as housing, dining, parking, intercollegiate athletics or even campus artwork.

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How can I get help

How can I get help?

Students have many opportunities to apply for and receive financial assistance toward tuition and fees. Eligibility varies — but the only way to know if you are eligible is to follow these important steps.

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Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between tuition and fees?

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Why are bills only available online?

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Why does VCU require the credit card holder to absorb the merchant fee when charging tuition and fees?

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What credit cards are accepted for payment of tuition and fees?

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How was the 2.75 percent (minimum $3) service charge determined?

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Do other colleges and universities have similar policies?

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What is included on my bill from Student Accounting? What is not?

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Do I have to pay the activity and/or university fee if I do not use any of the facilities?

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Why did the university establish the mandatory library fee and what does it support?

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When will I find out if tuition will go up again?

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