Rising cost at Virginia’s universities mostly unrelated to instruction, study says

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The price of attending Virginia’s public universities has been driven up 150 percent over the past two decades largely as the result of spending unrelated to instruction, a study mandated by the General Assembly reported today.

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission report found that most spending at four-year institutions is on student housing, intercollegiate athletics and other “auxiliary enterprises.”

The escalating charge for a college degree has outpaced increases in family income and even health care costs, resulting in a tripling of student borrowing during that period, the report said.

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