VCU is a major research university with several high-cost programs, such as engineering, arts, medicine and biology (the university's largest major); its tuition is commensurate with that of other Tier III doctoral research institutions. The State Council for Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) provides a tool for you to compare VCU’s in-state and out-of-state tuition and mandatory fees with other state schools. Access the tool through SCHEV’s website.
While slightly (6 percent) more VCU students borrow at a higher overall percentage than the average for undergraduates, according to SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia) the average debt of our students is on par with the statewide average. The most recent information from the state indicates in 2015-16, the statewide mean debt for students was $29,822, and the mean debt for VCU students was $29,878.
VCU is focusing on controllable factors that affect affordability and financial accessibility. Initiatives include:
We have a high risk group with one-third of our students being first-generation and nearly a third Pell grant recipients. Even so, the Education Trust has recognized VCU’s strides at closing the graduation gap between minority and white students. Our Pell students graduate at the same rate as our students who do not receive Pell grants.