Cap on out-of-state students gains momentum in Virginia

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

As college applications are sent out, applicants are dealing with anxiety over admission to Virginia’s top universities. While the stomach-knotting is new to these applicants, it has become a recurring issue in the state government.

Now, a proposal to cap out-of-state admissions to Virginia public universities is gaining momentum locally.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors included support for a 25 percent limit on admission and enrollment of out-of-state students in its recently passed legislative agenda. The decision lends support to an ongoing effort led by Fairfax County delegates Barbara Comstock (R-McLean) and Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax) in the General Assembly.

“This is something I hear from my constituents over and over again,” Comstock said. “This issue comes up unprompted from families with school-aged kids, their grandparents, their friends and neighbors. Everybody knows somebody affected by this.”

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