CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Tuition is still going up at the state’s colleges and universities but the rate of that increase is lower than it has been in nearly a decade.

Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker

The state Higher Education Policy Commission reviewed approved increases at a meeting Friday in Charleston. The tuition for the fall semester averages 2.4 percent over last year.

Interim Chancellor Sarah Tucker said the average cost of in-state tuition at a state-funded four-year school will be $7,690.

“We know the number one reason high school students don’t attend college is concern over the cost. The four-year public institutions have heard that concern and are trying to address it by keeping their tuition predictable and affordable,” Tucker said in a news release.

In-state students will be paying on average another $177 for tuition. Glenville State College and West Virginia State University are the only schools that didn’t raise tuition.