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In-state tuition won't go up at any Virginia public college next year

Credit: Heather Butterworth
Credit: Heather Butterworth

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Every public college in Virginia is freezing tuition for the next school year for the first time in almost 20 years.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Longwood University recently became the last school to approve a tuition freeze.

Lawmakers included $57.5 million in this year's state budget for colleges that agreed to freeze their tuition to share. Every school took them up on the offer. The funds were targeted for in-state tuition but six schools are also freezing out-of-state tuition. They are Christopher Newport University, George Mason University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University and Radford University.

A stronger-than-expected state economy helped give lawmakers hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funds to spend this year.