Ga. Regents to vote on tuition

ATLANTA — The Georgia Board of Regents is expected to vote on how much to raise tuition in the face of the state's worst fiscal crisis in decades, including a measure to suspend guaranteed tuition rates for students.

The board will meet today to vote on whether to do away with the "fixed for four" tuition plan temporarily, raising tuition and fees for all students to make up for $238 million in state budget cuts this year and $275 million next year. That's about 10 percent of the state funding allotted for Georgia's 35 colleges and universities.

Under the tuition plan launched by Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2006, students are guaranteed the same fee rate for four years. The fixed rate is contingent on colleges getting the funding they need to cover costs.

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