Glenville State College lowering tuition 2 percent

Glenville State College President Tracy Pellett, at left, accompanied by Paul L. Hill, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, announces a 2 percent tuition cut during a press conference Tuesday at the state Capitol. (Photo provided by the West Virginia Press Association)

CHARLESTON – Glenville State College Tuesday announced the college will again cut tuition for the 2018-19 academic year by at least 2 percent on the condition its state appropriation does not decrease.

College President Tracy Pellett, accompanied by Paul L. Hill, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, made the announcement at a 9 a.m. press conference in the Governor’s Cabinet and Conference Room at the state Capitol.

“The only way to create a more educated workforce and more prosperous West Virginia is through higher education attainment,” Pellett said.

“Past state budget reductions have resulted in substantial institutional tuition increases. State and federal aid covers less costs associated with attendance while West Virginia’s student debt and loan default rate lead the nation,” he said. “Glenville State has decided to provide the leadership and collaboration with legislators necessary to improve higher education attainment.”

Glenville State will also drop its summer 2018 tuition rate by an unprecedented 25 percent, regardless of any ongoing budgetary discussions, Pellett said. The move is part of an overall effort at Glenville State to financially support families, focus on student degree completion and be mindful stewards of taxpayer dollars, he said.

Tuesday’s announcement comes after the college declaration in August that it would not raise tuition for the 2017-18 academic year, the only four-year college or university in West Virginia to hold the line on tuition.

Among the legislators joining Pellett and Hill were West Virginia Delegates Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, Brent Boggs, D-Braxton, Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, George Ambler, R-Greenbrier, and Sen. Mike Romano, D-Harrison.

The college was able to hold the line on tuition because of budgetary and operational efficiency, the anticipation more students will take classes and live on campus and working with “legislators to make college affordable again,” Pellett said.

“I’m encouraged by the bi-partisan support that we’ve received so far and look forward to continuing discussions about the importance of properly funding our institutions of higher education,” he said.