In Depth: Glenville State decreasing tuition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - Good news for Glenville State students, or those considering the college. College officials announced on Tuesday that there will be a 2 percent decrease in tuition for the 2018-2019 school year.

There are others in the state who want to see a decrease at state schools -- such as WVU.

While schools continue to increase tuition, the GSC's president feels the decision to drop 2 percent off the tuition will help families.

"We know families are struggling to pay for college," said Dr. Tracy Pellett, the President of Glenville State. "A lot of our students are first generation, rural, needs based students. We have a will to actually make those cuts."

Legislative sessions often talk about cutting funding for higher education. Recently, WVU increased tuition by about 5 percent. How does our state's largest university feel about this?

Here's WVU's entire statement:

"We recognize the role Glenville State College plays in the landscape of higher education in West Virginia by providing a lower-cost option for students in the state. However, among public, land-grant institutions, West Virginia University continues to be one of the best values in higher education.

In addition, our mission drives us to serve all 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day. Through our Extension program in all 55 counties to our robust medical center aimed at improving healthcare to our R1 (Highest Research Activity) research being conducted across our institution, West Virginia University is driving change to improve life for all in the state.

We also have a deep commitment to being an accessible and affordable institution. Our need-based scholarships provide an opportunity for students who may otherwise not be able to afford a college education. We remain steadfast in creating as many avenues as possible for those wishing to pursue an advanced degree.

Moving forward, WVU remains a firm partner with all colleges and institutions of higher learning across the state serving a common goal of helping more West Virginia students pursue their dreams through higher education."

Students feel both sides of this. They're proud to say their school has some of the top programs in the country, and understand that funding has to go into that.

"I do understand that we do have some of the top programs in the nation in a lot of fields," said Lydia Heimann. "For that reason, I kind of understand that they need to increase the prices."

"For a college like Glenville, it probably needs to drop the prices to remain competitive," said Benjamin Spiker.

At the same time, they want to get more out of what they're paying for all around, versus just in certain areas.

"I know for prices here, I'm in state, but it still gets expensive," Spiker said.

"I just feel that if we as a student body are going to continue to have our prices increase that we should be able to see a change in our daily life on campus," Heimann said.

5 News also made multiple attempts to get comment from Fairmont State, but those attempts were unsuccessful.