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Cook Counseling Center implements new fee structure

Aug. 13 update: Read a statement from Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Shushok Jr.

From: Student Affairs

We have a two-fold commitment at Cook Counseling Center: to both maintain the current level of care for students and simultaneously manage the escalating costs for all students. In order to respond to current fiscal conditions, not reduce the number of clinicians, and not further increase the Health Services Fee, Cook will be implementing a new fee structure for some of our services effective August 17.

Most of our students on average use five to six individual sessions per year, and research shows that most change in symptoms occurs within the first five sessions of individual therapy, with little change after 10 sessions. However, we recognize that some students need more than 10 sessions, and in an effort to make therapy available to as many students as possible, Cook Counseling Center is implementing a $20 visit fee for each session after the student has completed 10 sessions during an academic year.

Virginia Tech feels it is important to provide students with access to psychiatric services on campus, but providing these services to students is much more expensive than psychotherapy appointments. In order to continue providing these services to our students, Cook Counseling is now charging $15 for psychiatry appointments.

The no-show fee has been increased to $30 for missed individual therapy appointments.

It is important to us that we continue to see as many students as possible, and these fees will allow us to do so while impacting as few students as possible.

Students with demonstrable financial need can apply for fee waivers. These waivers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.