Tuition Increases At West Virginia Universities

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In-state tuition is increasing at least 6 percent at five West Virginia higher education institutions.

The Higher Education Policy Commission approved tuition increases for the 2013-2014 academic year at Bluefield State College and West Virginia, West Virginia State, Fairmont State and Shepherd universities.

Media outlets report that the increases approved Tuesday range from 6 percent at WVU to 9 percent at West Virginia State.

Tuition also is going up at other state schools. But those increases are less than 5 percent. The commission's approval is required if tuition increases exceed 5 percent.

All state colleges and universities are facing a 9 percent cut in state funding for the fiscal year that begins July 1.