Tuition & Fees

VSU Announces No Tuition Increase for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Published date: June 18, 2020

Virginia State University, VA 
- In recognition of the economic challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced into families’ lives, Virginia State University, a top HBCU college, today announced it will not increase tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year for new and continuing students. 

VSU's tuition and fee rates are the lowest for any four-year public institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia, making the University a leader in access and affordability in higher education.  “We continue to set ourselves apart as a University that makes accessibility to a quality education our priority. We recognize that for many of our students, cost is a key factor,” says VSU President, Dr. Makola Abdullah.  “While there may be budget challenges for universities nationwide, we have decided that VSU will not pass that down to our students.” Upward of 90 percent of VSU students receive financial aid. 70 percent of VSU students are Pell eligible. 

Additionally, the Board of Visitors voted to hold room and board rates flat for the upcoming academic year.  “Holding the line on VSU tuition and fees is more important now than ever with many families facing COVID-19 related hardships. In this environment, even a modest increase could make the difference in accessibility. This decision is consistent with VSU’s goal of providing students access to a quality education,” says Huron F. Winstead, Rector of VSU Board of Visitors. 

VSU tuition cost will remain the same as the 2019-2020 academic year.  Currently, Virginia residents pay $4,577 per semester to attend and $5,772 per semester to reside on campus, although room rates vary by residence hall. The VSU tuition rate will not increase for either in-state and out-of-state students.

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  • Letter from VP of Finance and CFO