Tuition FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How much more is the College’s upper division tuition rate than the lower division (base tuition) rate?

A: Beginning with the 2021-22 academic year for third-year College of Arts & Sciences students, the difference between the A&S upper division and lower division (base) tuition rate is $2700 ($1,350 for the Fall 2021 semester, and $1,350 for the Spring 2022 semester).

Q: Does the A&S upper division tuition rate apply to incoming transfer students to the College of Arts & Sciences?

A: If a transfer student entering in Fall 2021 is considered a third-year student then, yes, the upper-division tuition rate will apply. In the next academic year, 2022-2023, the upper-division rate will apply to all third- and fourth-year students.

Q: How / when / where was the A&S upper division tuition rate announced?

A: In March 2019, the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors voted to approve an upper division rate for the College:

Q: The BOV recently announced a tuition freeze in April of 2021. Is the implementation of the College’s upper division tuition rate still going forward?

A: Yes. In a meeting on April 13, 2021, the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors (BOV) voted to approve a proposal from the administration to hold base undergraduate tuition at its current rate for the 2021-22 academic year, taking into account feedback from students and families.

However, as stated in the announcement from the BOV meeting, the vote does not affect previously approved upper-division tuition rates (the amount charged on top of base tuition for additional student services and programming).

The Board of Visitors approved the College’s upper division tuition rate two years ago (March 2019), scheduled to be implemented this academic year, 2021-22.

Q: I have a major in another school outside of the College and I also have a major in the College of Arts & Sciences. Does the tuition differential impact me?
A: Undergraduate students have only one school of enrollment. If you have a major in Architecture, Batten, Commerce, Education, Engineering or Nursing that school is your primary school of enrollment, and therefore you are not impacted by the College of Arts & Sciences tuition differential. Those schools do have different tuition rates and their own tuition differentials; please click here for details.

Q: How does the A&S upper division tuition rate improve undergraduate education in the College?

A: The increase in tuition revenue is part of a multi-year plan to enhance the quality of the undergraduate experience and attract and retain the best faculty. Together, these initiatives (highlights listed below) are gathering momentum and will continue to strengthen the student experience in the College of Arts & Sciences and UVA.

Examples include:

  • Securing low faculty-student ratios (to support smaller class sizes)
  • Creating new courses
  • Better meeting demand for expanded programs
  • Helping fund the higher cost of instruction for students in their third and fourth years across arts and sciences disciplines
  • Renovating and updating classrooms and labs
  • Improving instructional technology

Q: When will my financial aid information be available for the 2021-22 academic year? And was this new tuition information taken into account?

A: Financial Aid offers will be available to students on a rolling basis starting in June 2021 based on the date by which they submitted their financial aid applications (the FAFSA and CSS Profile).  Priority will be given to those applications received by the March 1 priority filing date. The University meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all in-state and out-of-state students through a combination of grants, work-study and need-based loans.  Any increase, then, to the cost of attendance as a result of the upper division tuition rate will be taken into consideration when financial aid eligibility is calculated.

Q: Where can I find specific information about tuition amounts, fee structures, and the full estimated cost of attendance for the College of Arts & Sciences?

A: Detailed estimated undergraduate cost and financial aid information is available on the Student Financial Services (SFS) website.

If you have other Arts & Sciences upper division tuition-related questions, contact Arts & Sciences via