Breaking Barriers and Building Futures
Interim School Board Chair Babur Lateef joined his University of Virginia Board of Visitors Members in Charlottesville to announce a new initiative to make it possible for more students to attend.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — The University of Virginia President James E. Ryan was inaugurated today at 3 PM. Prince William County Interim School Board Chair Babur Lateef was a part of the Presidential Search Committee as well as being a member of the Board of Visitors. During his inaugural address, James E. Ryan announced a groundbreaking initiative to fund the tuition of the most at-need students.
“Any student whose family income is under $80,000 per year will have their tuition covered by the University of Virginia’s endowment. For families earning less than $30,000 a year, the university will also cover student’s tuition, room, and board.” – James E. Ryan, University of Virginia President
In Prince William County, the median household income is $98,514 per year. A huge number of students who previously couldn’t have afforded to attend UVA, now can with this initiative.
“This is a great day for the University of Virginia and a great day for Prince William County Students” – Dr. Babur Lateef, Interim School Board Chair
“This is the inevitable first step towards tuition free higher education which should be the goal of every public university system in this country” – Dr. Babur Lateef, Interim School Board Chair
“This announcement does not include any new programs or changes, and will have, at most, only a very minor increase in cost. Instead, it distills and clarifies the good work that has been done by many people—including members of the Board—to make UVA more affordable and accessible.” – James E. Ryan, University of Virginia President
Dr. Lateef, appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Board of Visitor over two years ago, has been committed to college affordability. He was proud to serve on the Presidential Search Committee that selected James Ryan and is extremely proud of the work that the Board of Visitors has done to make UVA more affordable for more students. Dr Lateef’s leadership will continue to help break barriers and build futures for all Virginians.