JLARC report: 12% of college tuition, fees went to athletics

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

About 12 percent of tuition and fees paid by students at Virginia’s public colleges and universities during the 2012-13 school year went to intercollegiate athletics, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission reported Monday.

Norfolk State had the highest mark at 24 percent. Longwood was next at 19 percent, followed by Old Dominion and Christopher Newport (both 17 percent) and James Madison (16 percent).

Among others, Virginia State, Virginia Military Institute and William and Mary used 12 percent of tuition and fees for athletics. Virginia Commonwealth used 6 percent. Virginia and Virginia Tech were at 5 and 2 percent, respectively.

The report said that state institutions charged an average of $1,185 in mandatory athletic-related fees during the 2012-13 school year. It also noted that institutions do not calculate and report fees the same way.

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