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      Panel Aims at Making U.Va. More Affordable

      CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia is launching an effort to keep the university affordable. The work begins Friday in northern Virginia when a Board of Visitors charged with that task meets. Rector George K. Martin has said the goal is to have a new tuition and financial aid plan to bring to the full board in the fall. The Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/1vcEc0X ) reports that U.Va.'s tuition and fees have nearly doubled in the last 10 years. The Charlottesville school is one of the most expensive public institutions for out-of-state students in the country. Part of the upward tuition spiral has been driven by a decrease in state appropriations. They fell about 32 percent, or $51.5 million, from 2007 to 2012, according to the school. The panel is meeting in Herndon. Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.