At the University of Lynchburg, we have a history of being practical and resourceful when it comes to managing our finances. At the same time, we want to make a high-quality Lynchburg education as affordable as possible for students from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its concurrent economic crisis have put many families in a tough spot. Still, tuition rates at private colleges continue to rise.
We think it's time for a tuition refresh.
Starting with the 2021-22 academic year, the University of Lynchburg will lower the total cost of attendance by just over $8,000. Tuition, room, and board will go from $54,018 to $45,990. General student fees will be included in the overall tuition price.
We’ll still offer need-based aid and merit scholarships to reward our most outstanding students and our students with the greatest financial need, and to make a Lynchburg education affordable for everyone.
The bottom line: On average, students will pay about $24,000 a year.
That’s about the cost of attending a large public university. The difference? You get a private liberal arts education with access to top-notch faculty, one-on-one research, and small, interactive classes on a campus that feels like home.
Frequently asked questions
The tuition refresh reduces the cost of tuition from $40,910 to $33,500, and the total overall cost of attending the University from $54,018 to $45,990. General student fees will be included in the cost of tuition.
This refers to the total cost of attending the University — tuition, room, board, and fees — before financial aid: merit awards, scholarships, federal aid, and loans. And, no, it’s not what most students pay. After financial aid is applied, the average cost to attend Lynchburg is around $24,000 per year.
Beginning in 2021, general student fees will be included in the cost of tuition. Public universities in Virginia charge $3,000 or more for student fees. Certain academic programs, such as nursing, will still have ancillary fees.
The tuition refresh will take effect for Fall 2021.
The tuition refresh will allow you to consider a Lynchburg degree while lessening your financial concerns. Our new cost to attend is just one piece of the puzzle. After financial aid and scholarships, you’ll likely pay about $24,000 per year, which compares with most public universities in the state.
All current students will receive the new tuition rate, and their financial aid awards will be repackaged and adjusted accordingly to guarantee that their tuition cost for the 2021-22 academic year does not increase. All Lynchburg students will pay the same amount as they did for the 2020-2021 year.
Many students who consider attending the University of Lynchburg also are considering public institutions in Virginia. Our new, lower tuition increases the value of a Lynchburg education. After generous financial aid awards, the average cost to attend Lynchburg is approximately $24,000 per year — at or even below the average cost to attend a state school.
The University is responding to students and families who continue to express concerns over the rising cost of a college education. In challenging economic times, a college education is all the more important to the future of our young people, and Lynchburg wants to be the first choice among students.
The Lynchburg community — students, faculty, and staff — has been successful in keeping the coronavirus at bay through diligent planning and extensive safety measures, which has made it possible for us to continue in-person classes. While the University has been considering a tuition refresh for several years, we decided now, during these challenging times, to move forward to support students and families.
To be considered for need-based and federal aid, all students must complete the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Office of Financial Aid can assist students and their families in completing the FAFSA. You may complete the FAFSA here.
Not at all. Nothing in or outside the classroom — no classes, activities, or services — will be cut, eliminated, or otherwise changed as a result of the price refresh. Students can expect the same life-changing experience Lynchburg has been known for since 1903, but now at a better value. In making a Lynchburg education more affordable, we will enroll a more diverse student population and provide access to students from varying financial means.
Actually, we think it will do the opposite. Lynchburg’s reputation, including its designation as one of the “Colleges That Change Lives,” will be enhanced by the tuition refresh. By reducing tuition cost, Lynchburg becomes accessible to an even wider range of talented students. When these students graduate and go on to do great things, it further enhances the University’s reputation as a small, regional university grounded in the liberal arts with a teaching faculty that is committed to the student experience both in and out of the classroom.
The University strives to make our education a great value to students, regardless of their economic circumstances. We think the tuition refresh will accomplish this at a time when cost and value are critically important.
No. The tuition refresh applies only to undergraduate programs. University officials are currently examining the cost of our graduate offerings.