Petition We, the undersigned, protest the significant and unconscionable summer tuition increase for the West Virginia University School of Nursing. The newly published 2013 summer tuition for out-of-state students enrolled in the West Virginia University Nursing School is increasing from $2,932.00 (summer tuition rate in 2012) to $11,611.00; this constitutes a nearly three-hundred percent increase over last year’s summer tuition rate. Students planning to continue their education at the West Virginia University School of Nursing are faced with the nearly impossible task of securing $8,679.00 in less than two weeks. Additionally, the in-state tuition rate for residents of West Virginia is increasing from $1,481.00 to $4,096.00. This increase nears one-hundred and eighty percent over last year’s summer tuition rate. This shocking proposal compounds students’ financial difficulties because the increased costs for attendance are not covered by federal financial aid While we appreciate the quality of education we receive at the West Virginia University School of Nursing, this increase constitutes an undue economic hardship for many enrolled students. As supporters of this petition, we implore the School of Nursing’s administration to reconsider the unreasonable and excessive increase in tuition for this upcoming summer.