Radford University Board of Visitors establishes tuition and fees for 2018-2019 academic year

During its May 4 quarterly meeting on campus, the Radford University Board of Visitors (BOV) approved tuition and fee rates for the 2018-2019 academic year.

To maintain Radford University’s high-quality, student-focused education and implement some of the strategic initiatives identified in the university’s new strategic plan to advance the institution, the BOV approved an annual increase of $583 in tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students for the upcoming academic year.

The decision is the result of a thorough evaluation of all University costs and continued implementation of operating savings in academic year 2018-2019, and allows the University to continue its effort to provide in-state students a quality education at an affordable price while addressing all relevant fiscal factors.

The BOV approved annual tuition, mandatory fee, and room and board increases totaling $861 for in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students, representing a total increase of 4.34% for in-state undergraduate students.  Graduate student tuition and mandatory fees will increase $647 annually for both in-state and out-of-state students.

Many factors were considered in determining the 2018-2019 academic year’s tuition and fee rates, including: the currently anticipated state budget, University enrollment projections, state mandated benefit increases, the Virginia Plan for Higher Education, and critical institutional priorities, including implementation of some recommendations resulting from the strategic plan.   Additionally, the University is required to first address all unavoidable cost increases for the next fiscal year prior to pursuing programmatic opportunities, including fringe benefit and health insurance cost increases, promotion and tenure compensation adjustments, safety and security, contractual escalators, technology infrastructure support, and the operation and maintenance of University facilities.  The tuition and fee rate changes are necessary to cover the aforementioned increases and also to maintain essential levels of instructional support and student services.

In 2017-18, Radford University’s total cost to an in-state student, based on tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board was very competitive, when compared to other public, four-year institutions in Virginia, making Radford the third most affordable public institution in the Commonwealth.

For 2018-19, in-state undergraduate tuition, mandatory fees, and room (standard double) and board (19 meal plan) will be $20,720 and is anticipated to remain one of the most affordable public universities in Virginia.

The University's commitment to providing its students a quality, affordable education has resulted in national recognition as a "Best Bang for the Buck" institution by Washington Monthly magazine every year since 2013.

Additional accolades include:

  • "Best Colleges and Universities in the Southeast," The Princeton Review, 2004-2017
  • "Best Regional Universities” in the South, U.S. News & World Report, 2013-2018
  • "Top Public Schools" – South - #15, U.S. News & World Report, 2018
  • "College of Distinction,” Colleges of Distinction, 2016 and 2017
  • “Best Colleges for Your Money,” Money, 2017
  • "Best Business Schools." The Princeton Review, 2012-2017
  • "Best Colleges for Veterans – South," U.S. News & World Report, 2016 and 2017
  • "Best RN Programs in Virginia," RegisteredNursing.org, 2017
  • “Best Counseling Degrees,” The Top 50 Doctoral Programs in Counseling Psychology, 2017-2018
  • "Top Interior Design Schools in the South," DesignIntelligence, 2014
  • "Top Green Colleges in the Nation," The Princeton Review, 2010-2017

May 4, 2018
Don Bowman
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