USG Board of Regents approves tuition, fee increases

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April 20, 2011

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved Tuesday a 3 percent across the board tuition increase for students attending Georgia College and the system’s additional 34 universities and colleges.

Georgia College students will pay $3,236 in the fall, representing a $94 per semester increase.  The Regents also voted to increase a special fee from $150 to $250 per semester.  That institutional fee began two years ago to make up some of the shortfall when the state first began reducing university budgets. 

The total increase for students, including the fee increase, will average about 9 percent.  Students still eligible for the Guaranteed Tuition Plan will not pay any additional tuition but will pay the increased fees.

“These are tough economic times,” Leland said. “We recognize the challenge this creates for some of our students and their families, and we’re here to help all that we can.”

Recent changes to the HOPE scholarship program mean that many students will receive about 87.4 percent of tuition in state scholarship support, rather than the 100 percent in previous years.  HOPE also no longer funds books and fees.

The president noted that the university’s financial aid office stands ready to help any student facing funding difficulties in continuing his or her education. 

“We really want to help students continue to move toward their degree at Georgia College, whether that involves helping them find a job on campus, getting a low-interest loan or some other means to finance their education.”

Throughout the difficult budget issues Georgia College has focused on maintaining the quality of its academic programs, and now the economy in Georgia is showing steady signs of improvement.

“I believe that the improving economy will bring more stable state funding as we move past this difficult year,” Dr. Leland said. “We are committed to maintaining instructional excellence at an affordable price, which is central to our mission as Georgia’s designated public liberal arts university."

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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