VCU considers charging for each credit hour

Virginia Commonwealth University is considering “market-based tuition pricing” for next year that would charge for each credit hour rather than a set rate for a full-time student, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Under state pressure to minimize tuition increases, VCU’s administration proposed a 4 percent increase in tuition and fees that would be augmented by the new approach to how students pay for classes. The proposal would bring in additional revenue while changing the “behavioral dynamic” that results in some full-time students signing up for the maximum 18 credit hours — blocking others from enrolling in a needed course — and then dropping a class or two, said David W. Hanson, VCU’s chief operating officer and senior vice president.

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