George Mason raises tuition 8 percent

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George Mason University is the latest public Virginia university to implement a tuition increase in the wake of major cuts in state funding.

George Mason agreed to raise its tuition 8.2 percent to $8,686 for in-state students. The school said it was in direct response to a $4.5 million cut in state funding in the current fiscal year. Out-of-state students’ tuition will rise 6 percent to $24,500 for the year.

George Mason is hardly alone. Virginia Commonwealth University upped its in-state tuition rates 24 percent to $8,817 for next year. The University of Virginia raised tuition for next year almost 10 percent to $10,628 for in-state students.

Virginia Tech increased tuition almost 10 percent as well, to $9,589 for the year.

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