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U-Va. should break some ties with state, panel says in preliminary report – The Washington Post

A University of Virginia panel has proposed that the institution break many of its ties with the state government and operate more like a private school. Such an arrangement — which would need state lawmakers’ approval and likely would meet opposition — would allow Virginia’s flagship public school the freedom to more easily increase tuition and accept more top-tier students from across the country and the world.

Although it could increase U-Va.’s prestige and shore up its finances, such a move could also make it more difficult for in-state students to win admission and could significantly raise their tuition. Report Read the University of Virginia planning group report. U-Va. to scale back financial aid for low-income students Jenna Johnson AUG 6 Students who qualify for the AccessUVa program will have to take out some loans starting in fall 2014. U-Va. financial plan calls for tuition and fee increases Jenna Johnson MAR 26, 2013 U-Va. plan would increase tuition, clashing with the Board of Visitors’ vision. After months of debate, U-Va. board votes to increase tuition Jenna Johnson APR 18 In-state students to see 3.8 percent increase; out-of-state student tuition to rise 4.8 percent.