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Captains Commitment

The Board of Visitors has approved a guaranteed tuition and fee program, the Captains Commitment, for each incoming class for four years. The Board took this action for the following reasons:

  • CNU’s customers – students and their families – want and need predictability so they can plan and provide for higher education.
  • The governor has called on public colleges and universities to provide financial certainty to students and their families on what the full four-year cost of their education will be.
  • The General Assembly has strongly encouraged public colleges and universities to limit tuition increases to less than 3 percent per year.

The average annual increase for students will be 2.5 percent each year. In the first year, tuition and fees will increase by 6.7 percent ($990). Over the following three years, tuition and fees will increase by only 1 percent, or $160 each year.

Christopher Newport is the first school in Virginia to include the comprehensive fee in the guaranteed plan.

We will make every effort to ensure the affordability of a Christopher Newport education, including setting aside additional financial aid that will offset the tuition increases for those most in need.

Current students and transfer students may choose to participate in the Captains Commitment or continue to pay the tuition and fees provided by the six-year plan, which provides for an average increase for tuition and fees for current students of 4.9 percent.

In the future, if the University receives increased operating funds from the Commonwealth, we will make every effort to curtail these tuition increases.

Yes. Out-of-state freshmen entering CNU in fall 2019 can expect a tuition and fee increase that matches in percentage the increase for Virginia students. The precise dollar amounts will be determined after a final decision by the Board of Visitors.

Sophomore, juniors and seniors have the option of selecting the Captains Commitment or paying the 4.9 percent annual tuition and fee increase already established in CNU’s six-year plan. Sophomores, especially, should look closely at the advantage of the Captains Commitment, because the first of their three remaining years would be slightly more expensive, but they would save money in the second and third year with the 1 percent cap.

The Captains Commitment is the first pricing predictability program in Virginia to include both tuition and comprehensive fees. Room and board rates are not included in the plan. The room and board fee schedule will be set at the April 2019 meeting of the Board of Visitors. However, changes to that pricing schedule have generally tracked with inflation.

The plan guarantees rates for four years. If a student attends Christopher Newport for more than four years, they will be subject to the prevailing tuition and comprehensive fee rate in place at the beginning of their fifth year.

Transfer students have the option to participate in the program at the prevailing rates of the year in which they matriculate.

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