WEYERS CAVE, Va. (WHSV) -- According to the State Council of Higher Education, tuition at public colleges in Virginia will go up about five percent.
Community Colleges are a popular option when tuition goes up, but Enrollment at Blue Ridge has gone down in recent semesters.
Leaders at Blue Ridge Community College say, even though tuition at the school is only increasing by around twenty dollars per class, enrollment is still down for the upcoming school year.
Maria Copeland is a student a Blue Ridge, she says she had no choice but to start her education at a community college. Even with financial help, she says the cost to attend a four-year school is just too expensive.
"We have a family, we have a baby on the way so we have no choice but to pick up a two-year school instead of a four year school. We wish we could've done the four year school instead but we have no choice it's just too expensive," Copeland said.
Leaders at Blue Ridge say the cost to attend a community college is about a third of the cost to attend a traditional four year school.
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