Some local students will be paying more for their education next year.
George Mason University’s board of visitors has voted to raise tuition, fees, room and board by 6 percent for in-state undergraduates for the upcoming academic year. That amount will end up costing students $1,012 more for the 2011-2012 school year.
Out-of-state undergraduates will see an increase of five percent, or $1,726. Out-of-state students will then be paying $36,194 for tuition, fees, room and board, if the student does not get financial aid.
The board said the increase in cost is due to declining state funding. Over the past 10 years, state support for the school has declined from 60 percent of the university’s overall budget to just 30 percent.