Tuition & Financial Aid: Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership

Tuition and Fees

In December 2017, the University’s Board of Visitors approved a plan enacting increases in tuition for entering undergraduate students in the Schools of Architecture, Nursing, Engineering & Applied Sciences, Leadership and Public Policy (Batten), and Commerce (McIntire). For the Batten School, a three-step increase in tuition was approved, to be implemented over the next three academic years.

Under the plan, in-state and out-of-state students entering the Batten School for the 2018-2019 academic year will pay the Year 3 tuition rates listed below. Additional increases of $1,667 in in-state and out-of-state tuition are scheduled for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years. The tuition increase will not impact Batten’s BA Class of 2019. 

Tuition for the Batten BA for the 2018-2019 academic year is as follows:

Year 3 (Class of 2020)           In-State                  $20,586

Year 3 (Class of 2020)         Out-of-State             $51,736

Year 4 (Class of 2019)          In-State                   $17,872

Year 4 (Class of 2019)          Out-of-State            $50,070

The Batten School and the University remain committed to helping students with demonstrated need navigate the increasing costs of higher education. The University meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all in-state and out-of-state students through a combination of grants, work-study, and need-based loans, and limits need-based loans to $4,500 per year for in-state students and $7,000 per year for out-of-state students. These loan caps will remain unchanged, so students who have demonstrated need should not incur increased costs associated with pursuing a Batten education. Undergraduate students who were not previously eligible to receive need-based state or institutional financial aid but may become eligible in the 2018-2019 academic year due to the new tuition rates must apply for aid by March 1, 2018.Students currently receiving need-based aid also need to apply by March 1, 2018. Please visit the Student Financial Services website or write sfs@virginia.edu for more information. 

In addition to tuition and fees, students must also consider the cost of books and supplies, housing, and other living expenses. 

Funding Your Degree

Students typically cover the cost of their BA through one or more of the following funding sources:

Employment at Batten and UVA

BA students are eligible to apply for part-time employment opportunities at the Batten School. The most common type of position for undergraduates is as a staff assistant to one of Batten’s administrative units (e.g., Admissions, Communications).  These positions, posted on an as-needed basis, are typically 10-20 hours per week.

Students may also find employment within other parts of the University or in the local community. Per University policy, students may work no more than 20 hours per week in University jobs while school is in session.

Student Loans

Students with remaining financial need may take out student loans. You may apply by completing a FAFSA application. The University of Virginia’s school code is 003745.  Make sure to check out Common Application Errors to ensure your application for federal aid can be processed as quickly as possible.

UVA participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program. This program offers low-interest loans to dependent and independent, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in school at least half-time (minimum of six credit hours per semester) in a degree-seeking program. Student Financial Services certifies private loans that come from a private lending institution such as a bank or credit union. Entrance counseling is required for all first-time borrowers.

As you consider whether to accept part or all of the loans offered to you, please carefully consider the terms and repayment for each type of loan. The Federal Student Aid Repayment Estimator is an excellent resource.

For more information, please visit 2017-2018 Academic Year Loans for Graduates.

Military Benefits

Educational benefits are available for veterans, family members of veterans, and active duty military personnel. These programs have different benefit packages and eligibility requirements.  The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months (4 regular school years) of education benefits to eligible service members (Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve) and Veterans who have served at least 90 days on active duty since 9/10/2001. Benefits are tiered based on number of days on active duty. Benefits can be transferred to spouse or family member. To determine your eligibility and benefits package, please consult your Education Services Officer (ESO) and see Military Tuition Assistance, for active duty, or GI Bill, for veterans. For additional questions, please contact the University’s Veterans’ Affairs Coordinator.