A letter from
executive director

Dirk Katstra

Since 1948, the core mission of the Virginia Athletics Foundation has been to raise money to support scholarships for the student-athletes at the University of Virginia. As the needs of the Athletics Department have expanded over the decades to include facility and operational budget support from private contributions, we have always remained dedicated to providing maximum support for scholarships.

We currently fund 316.6 scholarships, the maximum number allowed by the NCAA for the varsity sports sponsored by UVA, which, including summer school funding, will approach a cost of $20 million in 2019-20. Scholarship costs have risen over 100% since 2005, far outpacing the growth in funds raised to support this rapid increase. As a result, we have a shortfall in funding for scholarships.

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The Virginia Athletics Foundation has made my amazing time at UVA possible. As a foreign affairs major, it is safe to say UVA is opening me up to a world of opportunities!

— Margaret Taylor, 3rd year, Rowing

Who We Are
Who We Are
What It Costs

Cost Comparision

Since the last VAF Annual Fund giving levels increase

2005-06
2005-06 Scholarship Cost

*Cost of attendance (travel expenses, personal expenses, and school supplies) not included in scholarship cost until 2015-16

2019-2020
2019-2020 Scholarship Cost
2005-06

Total$14,668

Tuition & Fees$7,318

Room & Board$6,350

Books & Supplies$1,000

Cost of AttendanceN/A*

Tuition & Fees$31,450

Tuition & Fees$24,100

Room & Board$6,350

Books & Supplies$1,000

Cost of AttendanceN/A*

Total Scholarship Cost
Funded by VAF Members
$9,535,250

*Cost of attendance (travel expenses, personal expenses, and school supplies) not included in scholarship cost until 2015-16

2019-2020

Total$32,936

Tuition & Fees$16,640

Room & Board$11,950

Books & Supplies$1,384

Cost of Attendance$2,962

Total$67,386

Tuition & Fees$49,970

Room & Board$11,950

Books & Supplies$1,384

Cost of Attendance$4,082

Total Scholarship Cost
Funded by VAF Members (PROJECTED)
$19,950,000

NEW FOR 2020

Giving Levels

Contributor Club
$1-99
(no change)

Sabre Club
$100-$349
(no change)

Wahoo Club
$350-$749
(previously $350-$599)

Cavalier Club
$750-$1,749
(previously $600-$1,249)

Coaches Club
$1,750-$3,499
(previously $1,250-$2,499)

Orange & Blue Club
$3,500-$4,999
(previously $2,500-$3,699)

Captains Club
$5,000-$7,499
(previously $3,700-$6,199)

V Club
$7,500-$14,999
(previously $6,200-$12,499)

Commonwealth Club
$15,000-$24,999
(previously $12,500-$22,599)

Champions Club
$25,000-$32,999
(previously $22,600-$32,499)

Scholarship Society
$33,000-$67,499 (In-State)
(previously $32,500-$65,399)

Scholarship Society
$67,500 (Out-of-State)
(previously $65,400)

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is the VAF raising giving levels?
Scholarship cost has risen over 100% since the 2005-2006 academic year – an increase of $10 million. The total scholarship bill will reach close to $20 million in 2019-2020 to fund all 316.6 scholarships for UVA student-athletes. In addition, the Annual Fund will support over $2.5 million for team operations and academic affairs in 2020.

When was the last time the VAF raised giving levels?
The VAF raised giving levels in 2006.

How was it decided that the VAF would raise giving levels at this time?
During this year’s February meeting, the VAF Board of Trustees voted to increase giving levels in order to close the fundraising gap. This fundraising gap has been a topic of Board discussion for a number of years and the resulting decision was not made without intense deliberation.

Does this money go towards the Master Plan?
This money does not go towards the Master Plan. This money goes directly to the Annual Fund to support student-athlete scholarships, team operations and academic affairs. Fundraising for the Master Plan and all capital projects are separate and in addition to the Annual Fund.

Will there be another giving level increase in the future?
The VAF Board of Trustees evaluates the fundraising progress and the giving levels each year. There is no pre-determined schedule to increase giving levels. The only levels that have increased each year since 2006 are the Scholarship Society levels which reflect the actual costs of attendance for an in-state or an out-of-state scholarship.

How does the giving levels increase affect my football and men’s basketball tickets?
The change in Giving Levels will not affect your current seating location or your total number of tickets for football or men’s basketball provided an increase is made to the new minimum amount of your current giving level. For example, if you are giving at the Orange and Blue Club which was previously $2,500-$3,699, an increase must be made to the new level which is $3,500-$4,999.

How does the giving levels increase affect postseason tickets?
Postseason tickets will still be allotted in priority point order. The maximum number of tickets that can be requested for any given postseason event will be assigned based on the new giving levels.

How does the increase in giving levels affect parking?
The change in Giving Levels will not affect your parking location provided an increase is made to the new minimum amount of your current giving level. For example, if you are giving at the Orange and Blue Club which was previously $2,500-3,699, an increase must be made to the new level which is $3,500-$4,999.

How will the increase in giving levels affect my benefits if I have a company match?
Members will be required to increase their total gift, including the company match amount, to the new giving levels in order to receive benefits as listed on the VAF Benefits Chart. For example, if you are currently giving at the Cavalier Club level ($600-$1,249) and wish to keep your same 2 men’s basketball seats, you will need to give at the new Cavalier Club level ($750-$1,749) including your match. Tax laws could have an impact on your company match portion. VAF recommends that you to consult your employer’s matching gift policy each year.

Will there be a change in benefits with the increase in giving levels?
Members will still have access to the same great benefits as listed on the benefits chart.