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Virginia College responds to concern over student fees

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Roommates Latonya Battle and Stacey Jones attend Virginia College in Columbus. They both were concerned when they received financial planning documents with projected fees for services the college doesn't provide.

Along with the tuition, the document lists fees for room/board and transportation, though the college doesn't have a cafeteria, dorms or a transit system.

I don't understand why it's on there," says Battle. "They don't provide room and board and they don't have transportation...we need some answers."

They went to the College's Administrative Office to figure out what these fees were and if they would have to pay them. Advisors told them they would not have to pay the fees, but Jones says they couldn't give a reason.

"They had no other answer for us other than we weren't being charged for it," says Jones. 

News 3 spoke with representatives at Virginia College's corporate office in Birmingham. The College acknowledges the students' concern and confusion and reaffirms what the advisors told Jones and Battle.

"When students go to pay their tuition, that's all they're paying for," says Angie Braunschweig. "The fees are not included in what the student pays us."

Virginia College says the fees are there as a benchmark for students applying for loans or Pell Grants. It's giving students an idea of what they should expect to pay on their own so they know how much money they will need through loans or grants, according to the college.

"They're indirect costs," says Chuck Trierwiler. "They're just provided as guidance for estimating how much a student is eligible to receive loans.

The college has received several concerns and they say they are working to clear up any confusion.

"We launched this form a couple of months ago and we heard a bit of chatter about it recently…so we're going to revise it," says Trierweiler.

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