(WSLS 10) – Virginia House of Delegates Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) announced Thursday that he will propose legislation in the 2015 General Assembly session to cap student athletic fees at Virginia’s four-year public universities.
The legislation is based on a recommendation made by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission. JLARC’s report concluded that “auxiliary enterprises have been the largest driver” of increased college costs in Virginia.
Under Cox’s legislation, the amount of athletic revenue that colleges and universities collect from mandatory student fees would be limited. The caps will be applied differently to Virginia’s Division I, Division II and Division III schools.
Institutions will have five years to incrementally reduce mandatory student fees as a percentage of overall athletic revenue. The exact percentage caps are still being developed.