During 2012, Georgia College senior Grace Nichols joined emerging leaders during equality discussions at the White House. The music therapy major attended the event with approximately 100 next generation lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) participants to discuss equality efforts taking place on the federal level. She also received the opportunity to talk and take a photo with Vice President Joe Biden.
USG Board of Regents approves tuition, fee increases
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."