The Virginia Council of Higher Education is asking for more money than it was originally budgeted. Council members want $109 million more from the state, on top of the current budget of $258 million, the Associated Press reports.
Education officials say the extra money will help pay for a 2 percent increase toward faculty salaries and will also help shoulder the burden of tuition increases.
A total of $27 million of the requested money would go toward providing financial aid to students. The 2 percent faculty salary increase would begin in July.
The council's requests will now go to the governor and the General Assembly for consideration.