Higher educational institutions; full or partial tuition waiver for dependent children of faculty. (SB1290)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Higher education; partial tuition waiver for dependent children of faculty. Requires public institutions of higher education to grant a 50 percent tuition waiver to dependent students of current full-time faculty members who have been employed full time by any one or more public Virginia colleges or universities for an aggregate period of at least seven years if sufficient funds are available in the Dependent Children of University and College Faculty Reduced Tuition Fund, which is created in the bill. The waiver would be valid at any public institution of higher education in Virginia. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. Amends § 23-31, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


  • 01/15/2013 Presented and ordered printed 13103029D
  • 01/15/2013 Referred to Committee on Education and Health
  • 01/21/2013 Impact statement from DPB (SB1290)
  • 01/23/2013 Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
  • 01/28/2013 Rereferred from Education and Health (9-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/28/2013 Rereferred to Finance
  • 01/30/2013 Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/30/2013 Committee substitute printed 13104759D-S1
  • 01/31/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/31/2013 Impact statement from DPB (SB1290S1)
  • 02/01/2013 Read second time
  • 02/01/2013 Reading of substitute waived
  • 02/01/2013 Committee substitute agreed to 13104759D-S1
  • 02/01/2013 Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1290S1
  • 02/04/2013 Read third time and passed Senate (34-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/06/2013 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/06/2013 Read first time
  • 02/06/2013 Referred to Committee on Education
  • 02/08/2013 Assigned Education sub: Higher Education and Arts
  • 02/12/2013 Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 2-N)
  • 02/12/2013 Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
  • 02/13/2013 Reported from Education (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/13/2013 Referred to Committee on Appropriations
  • 02/14/2013 Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
  • 02/15/2013 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
  • 02/18/2013 Left in Appropriations


This bill mentions Norfolk, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Tarrallton Community Park, Norfolk, University of Virginia's College at Wise, Wise, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Radford University, Radford, Richard Bland College, Petersburg, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia State University, Petersburg, Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, George Mason University, Fairfax.


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 18 minutes.


Mike Johnson writes:

What about staff? Faculty are already overpaid and underworked. This has to either include faculty and staff or neither at all.

Steve writes:

This bill should be passed. Faculty members at many state schools have gone without a raise for almost 6 years. We are starting to lose some of the best, particularly younger faculty members to other states. The benefits to the state of Virginia include keeping the children of faculty in the state schools, improving the ability of the state schools to keep these often highly qualified students at state schools. Since VT and UVA are so competitive, they have little need to offer top-notch financial aid to these students, who are considered lower middle class by the private schools that really want them and offer incredible packages.

Bill writes:

Staff members have also gone almost 6 years withouth a raise. If faculty want more money elsewhere, let them leave. Either include staff with faculty in this bill or scarp it.

Steve writes:

This bill has been under consideration for many years. I don't know how the inclusion of staff in the mix has been considered. Should the children of administrators be included?