WVU plans fall campus return, no tuition or fee increase

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University officials say they plan to safely bring students back to campuses in the fall and will not increase tuition and fees.

“The scenario we’re planning for will likely involve moving some instruction online to reduce human density, providing protective gear to faculty and students, conducting regular cleanings of classrooms and labs as well as wide spread testing,”Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Maryanne Reed said.

Reed reported fall enrollment is tracking very close to numbers from the same time last year.

“The difference between fall registrations this spring and the same time last year is only about 175 students, so that’s less than 2 percent of the total students registered,” Reed said,”We think that difference will shrink even further because our fall registration started two weeks late this spring.”

President Gee praised the staff response to the pandemic and believes the lessons learned will be very important moving forward.

“Moving forward means gleaning what we have learned from this moment and applying it immediately to our educational enterprise,” Gee said,”We have every hope and expectation of safely resuming in-person education on all of our campuses.”

The Board of Governors voted unanimously not to increase tuition and fees, while proposing a 3 percent or less increase to housing and dining costs.

“For our overall tuition and fees, we are proposing today to keep those flat for next year,” Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Rob Alsop said,”To make sure our students and families know we understand the burden moving forward.”