arism87 wrote:Edit: Also, Idk about the law school, but in undergrad the school HAS to have a certain number of in-state students to get tax dollars, no? Is that true for professional degrees? Would love to know this.
My understanding is that UVA is not supported by tax dollars, although the school does receive a stipend from the state for each in state student, which accounts for the difference in the IS and OOS tuition ($5k). That really doesn't add up to all that
much money, however. 40% of a class of ~350 x $5,000 = $700,000, or about three tenured professors' annual salaries. While I'm sure they take it gladly, its tough to believe that their stringent in-state policy is solely for the purpose of getting that money-else the class would be 80% Virginian.
When I asked admissions about the in state policy, I was told that they are actually not required by the legislature to fill 40% of their class with in staters, unlike UNC Law which is required to reserve 60% of its class for North Carolinians. The implication was that the school prefers to maintain this 40% quota to ensure that the VA General Assembly continues to mind their own business and the school doesn't find itself being run from Richmond. Take that for what it's worth.