Oct. 11-24, 2002
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‘Genius Grant’ winner to speak at Convocation
Family Weekend packed with activities
If you “cannot live without books”
U.Va. changes banks
Town-gown solutions forum
Faculty invited to minority career day talk
Board establishes professorships
Board names buildings
G’day, art lovers
Virginia gets ‘B’ in nat’l report
See with a writer’s eye
For he’s a jolly good fellow
Benefits open enrollment
Another bridge over technology divide
Back to his roots
‘Brain Food:’ Students serve up a most excellent lunch
Who’s minding grandma?
Your right to safety
Hot Link: Faculty experts guide
Exhibits highlight Chinese, European art
College goes to ‘Net for advising, registration processes
New INS rules snare international students
‘The Secret Museum’ to explore pornography
Non-profit fair set for Nov. 13
Student-faculty dinners begin Oct. 17
Michelango‘s art explored on Oct. 24
In Memoriam

Budget cuts implemented
Biggest gift ever
Tuition increases vital
Digest/Daily news about U.Va.
Headlines @ U.Va.

Making every drop count

LBT group offers compromise
15th annual Virginia Festival of Film
A voice for Africa
To our readers -- redesign of IUVA print version
Wylie’s ‘Stillwater’ runs through Oct. 27
Basketball ticket lottery
‘Waltzing the Reaper’
Infrastructure not glamorous but a vital part of bond package

Board OKs midyear student surcharge

By Lee Graves

The Board of Visitors nailed down one probability last week to help deal with a swirl of questions about funding: Students can expect to see a surcharge tacked onto their spring semester tuition bills.

The unprecedented action came amid a shifting shell game of budget cuts facing all state institutions. Gov. Mark R. Warner is expected to provide details in a televised address on Oct. 15, but until then the board has authorized the tuition surcharge.

No cap was set, although $500 was mentioned repeatedly during Friday’s Finance Committee meeting.

Colette Sheehy, vice president of management and budget, said that $1.68 million of revenue is generated per $100 of surcharge applied to all students. Some of that amount would be put back into financial aid, which the board approved to help needy students with the increase.

Surcharges, already assessed students in the medical, law and Darden schools, are a means to raise revenue without technically hiking the rate already established for tuition and fees.

U.Va. is operating with $13.8 million less in general funds than budgeted this fiscal year due to a $25.4 million cut by the state. The reduction will grow to $33.8 million with a 15 percent cut.

HEALTH PLAN INCREASE

The administration is increasing employee contributions to monthly health plan premiums, effective in January, the following amounts:

Single Up $2 to $17 month

Employee +1 Up $5 to $108 total

Family Up $10 to $206 total

Double state Up $5 to $110 total

The University also is increasing its employer contributions to the level paid by the state. Co-payments will be introduced for some services.

Rector John P. Ackerly III suggested that if conditions get worse the board could consider selling real estate or borrowing money “to preserve and maintain the valuable characteristics of this University. … I don’t believe anyone on this board wants the core attributes of this number one University damaged,” he said.

Generating revenue through a surcharge is one way to protect that core mission.
Board member Terence P. Ross, however, expressed concerns about the surcharge coming in the middle of the year and about its impact on students who must work to pay the bills.

Board members also debated whether the surcharge would be an across-the-board flat fee or have flexibility. The resolution ultimately was worded “that the surcharge may or may not be applied in like amount to all categories of students.”

In another matter, the administration is increasing employee contributions to monthly health plan premiums, effective January.

U.Va. also is increasing its employer contributions to the level paid by the state. Co-payments will be introduced for some services.


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