Think tank report says Virginia higher education funding is unjust and lacks transparency

A new think tank report says the way Virginia funds its colleges is “irrational, inequitable and unjust” and criticizes the state for not giving enough money to the students who need it the most.

The report, released last week by Education Reform Now, singles out the College of William & Mary, a wealthy university that receives more money per student than Old Dominion University, Radford University and George Mason University, which all enroll higher shares of low-income students.

Too often, the report says, limited funding is going to already wealthy families, and the method the state uses for awarding money lacks transparency and consistency.

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