Virginia Private College Data & Research

Graph of the Month (2014)

The Graph of the Month is an initiative launched January 2013 by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia. The monthly graph and fact will highlight Virginia's private colleges. Our hope is that this data will provide helpful information about Virginia's non-profit private colleges. If you would like to be added to our distribution list or have any questions, please email

Graph of the Month: December 2014

The Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) Program Assists Virginians in Every Region of the Commonwealth

Established in 1972, the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) program provides grants to Virginians attending a Virginia private college or university.  Approximately 23,000 Virginians will receive a TAG award of $3,100 this year.

Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) FA08 TAG Awards by Domicile Report (2013-2014 Data)

Graph of the Month: October 2014

Virginia Private Colleges Enroll the Neediest of Students

Virginia's private colleges are becoming the access institutions in the Commonwealth. The most recent data shows that 50% of all undergraduate students from Virginia's private colleges receive Pell Grants, which are received by the families with the greatest need.

Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) FA09 Pell Grant Report

Graph of the Month: September 2014

Virginia Private Colleges Prepare Virginia Teachers

Virginia private college alumni serve Virginia public schools in every region of the Commonwealth.  17,000 teachers currently employed by Virginia public schools received a degree from a Virginia private college.

Source: Virginia Department of Education, Office of Teacher Licensure (2013-2014).  Includes all instructional personnel required to hold a license.

Graph of the Month: August 2014

Virginia Private Colleges Invest Their Own Resources In Their Students

First-time full-time undergraduate students at Virginia's private colleges and universities receive almost $180 million in grant aid; 80% of which is provided by the institutions.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (IPEDS Winter 2012-2013 Student Finance Survey)

Graph of the Month: July 2014

Virginia Private Colleges Are Committed To Increasing Minority Student Enrollment

Virginia's private colleges have a commitment to increasing diversity on campus.  Over the past decade, the number of minority undergraduate students enrolled at Virginia private colleges has increased 83%.

Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) E22 Report (Trends in Race Ethnicity)

Graph of the Month: June 2014

Virginia Private Colleges Maintain Low Tuition and Fee Increases for Undergraduate Students

Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Tuition & Fee Report (2008-09 to 2013-14); IPEDS (2008-09 to 2012-13); CICV Tuition & Fee Survey and individual college websites (2013-14 to 2014-15).  Virginia private college data includes only current SACS accredited institutions.  Data updated September 2014.

Graph of the Month: May 2014

STEM-H Degrees Continue to Increase at Virginia Private Colleges

Virginia's private colleges have a commitment to STEM-H and high need areas.  Over the past decade, the number of STEM-H degrees has increased 129%.

Source: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) C07 Report (Trends in STEM-H Degree Production)

Graph of the Month: March 2014

Virginia Private Colleges Have Lower Health Insurance Rate Increases

Launched in 2010, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) Benefits Consortium is a self insured benefit plan for 14 Virginia private colleges. After 4 years, premiums for the 3,300 college employees covered by the Consortium are approximately 20% less than those of a leading insurance carrier.

Source: CICV Health Benefits Consortium

Graph of the Month: January 2014

Virginia's Private Colleges Are A Bargain For The Commonwealth

5% of Virginia's higher education budget benefits the 22,000 Virginians attending Virginia's private colleges and universities through the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) program.

Source: Virginia Department of Planning and Budget
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