Wytheville Community College is the most affordable community college in the commonwealth of Virginia and 10th among 2-year public colleges in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency List. The College Affordability and Transparency List is published annually by the U.S. Department of Education to provide complete transparency of tuition costs of all financial aid eligible institutions. WCC can attribute the current ranking to the low cost of tuition coupled with the financial aid and scholarships that help remove the burden of higher education costs.
“This national recognition acknowledges WCC’s commitment to making a college education as affordable as possible,” said Dr. Dean Sprinkle, WCC president. “WCC is very fortunate to be able to offer financial aid and scholarship programs that help students cover tuition costs. We are grateful for the support of our communities, as well as state and federal funding to help students access higher education.”
Over 60 percent of our students receive at least some federal or state financial aid, and last year, private donations and grant funds available through the WCC Educational and WCC Scholarship Foundations, the Wythe-Bland Foundation, and the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission provided scholarships totaling over $900,000. WCC’s Foundations administer over 200 private scholarship funds available only to WCC students. With the introduction of the Wythe-Bland Foundation Scholarship in 2007, recent qualified Wythe and Bland County high school graduates have the opportunity to receive two years of college tuition free. This fall the Twin County Community Foundation will begin its scholarship to provide free tuition for qualifying students in five of WCC’s health programs. Additionally, the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission continues to fund “WCC’s Forging Futures Scholarship Program,” recently investing another $315,000 to assist WCC students. For more information visit www.wcc.vccs.edu or call 276-223-4700.