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GRU students hit in wallet by tuition increase

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7:18 PM
Last updated Thursday, April 18, 2013 2:19 AM
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Georgia Regents University sophomore Reggie Redd knows it could be worse.

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Bryan Tector (from left), Reggie Redd and Caitlin Brown talk about the tuition increase outside the Jaguar Student Activities Center at Georgia Regents University.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Bryan Tector (from left), Reggie Redd and Caitlin Brown talk about the tuition increase outside the Jaguar Student Activities Center at Georgia Regents University.

When state officials announced a 3.5 percent tuition increase for GRU next year, the bump translated to $79 more a semester. His peers at Georgia Tech will see a 7 percent increase, or $270 more a semester, while University of Georgia undergraduates will pay an additional $191.

Still, Redd said he looks at that extra money as a whole paycheck from his part-time job or a few tanks of gas he’d use to commute from Evans to the Augusta campus.

As a student living at home to save money, Redd, 19, said every dollar counts.

“It’s going to be harder,” said the mathematics major. “We try to scrape up any pennies we can, so any increase in tuition hurts.”

Most undergraduates at GRU will pay $2,335 a semester in the fall after the Uni­ver­sity System of Georgia Board of Regents approved statewide tuition increases Tues­day, ranging from 2.5 percent to 7 percent among institutions. The incoming freshman class at GRU will enter with a base tuition of $2,559.

GRU plans to increase its tuition gradually every year for the incoming freshman classes, but each group will be grandfathered in to their entering rate for four years.

Any future tuition increases implemented by the state Board of Regents would be added to the base tuition rate.

David Mustard, a professor in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, said he predicts students will continue to see tuition increases in the near future as state financial support for higher education decreases.

With flat state revenues and increasing costs for things such as health care, states are being forced to cut one of their most expensive line items – education.

“You can’t cut the budget without cutting education to some degree,” Mustard said.

Despite the changes, tuition at GRU and at schools across Georgia remains some of the most affordable.

According to The College Board, the national average for tuition and fees per semester was $8,655 in fall 2012 and $7,504 in Georgia. Even with $700 in fees for undergrads and $900 for health sciences students, GRU prices remain far below the state and national average.

GRU Freshman Bryan Tector, 19, said even with a partial HOPE Scholarship, he pays about $1,000 out of pocket for tuition, books, fees and other costs.

It won’t stop him from pursuing an education, but it will make doing so more difficult.

“It’s just going to put me into more debt,” Tector said. “I just don’t get it.”

GRU TUITION INCREASES

A look at the tuition for Georgia Regents University students taking 10 or more credit-hours:

IN STATEFISCAL YEAR 2013FISCAL YEAR 2014
Summerville campus undergrads$2,256$2,335
Health sciences undergrads$3,732$3,863
Incoming freshmen $2,559
OUT OF STATE FISCAL YEAR 2013FISCAL YEAR 2014
Summerville campus undergrads$8,208$8,287
Health science undergrads$13,065$13,196
Incoming freshmen $9,006

Source: University System of Georgia Board of Regents

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GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/17/13 - 09:09 pm
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Gotta pay...

for those raises people got...

specsta
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specsta 04/17/13 - 10:17 pm
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Free College For All!

A four-year college degree should be completely free in this country. The importance of giving citizens an access to education must take the highest priority. Not only do college graduates earn more money, which in turn contributes to the economy, but it is also directly related to the impact of crime and incarceration and the costs of social services.

An educated citizen is a productive citizen.

Yet, this country spends over 70 billion a year on incarceration. The average cost is $34,000 per inmate per year. The average cost for a college student is $28,000 per year at a private university. There is ALWAYS money to lock people up but NEVER enough money to educate people.

At some point, hopefully before we have destroyed ourselves, this country will grow up and understand that retribution cannot replace education. That education is the key to eliminate crime, poverty and social ills. When people have knowledge, they have power to control their destiny.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/18/13 - 04:35 am
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Someone has to pay for Chip

Someone has to pay for Chip Rogers new job

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/18/13 - 05:18 am
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College Is NOT For Everyone

Giving everyone a college degree is like raising the minimum wage. It's a form of inflation without realizing supply and demand is the major factor. Give people of average intelligence, which is what most are by defintion, watered down degrees and they can't find a decent job. Calling them something does not mean they can handle a job. Supply and demands says they would be better off working, learning trades gradually, as their income slowly increases.

bentman
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bentman 04/18/13 - 06:14 am
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Admission to college is not a

Admission to college is not a right. It is an achievement. There are too many people enrolled who have no business being there. We have arrived at the place where, if one has a pulse and a sad, victim story, he can be admitted.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/18/13 - 06:42 am
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Raising Standards

With every state-mandated tuition increase (which will be annual) should also come a Grooo-mandated increase in admission standards. Each year the minimum acceptable SAT scrore for admission should increase. Higher high school performance should be required. Higher evidence of school leadership and community service should be required. You've got to get those admission standards up gradually and consistently. You don't want every Tom, Dick, and Harry to be able to get into Grooo.

my.voice
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my.voice 04/18/13 - 06:58 am
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Its not an increase, its a

Its not an increase, its a SIGN fee. All those signs cost money, ya know.

paperwren
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paperwren 04/18/13 - 07:54 am
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The FEES...

One of my family members did a part-time program at MCG, which was set up as one or two classes per semester, online. It isn't the tuition that hurts your wallet, it is the FEES that are added onto tuition each semester. The fees are unbelievable. Online students have to pay the same fees that all on campus students pay (including things they could never use like library, transportation, computer fees). Once you see the fees tacked onto the price of tuition, it came out to about $5,000 per semester just to take one or two online classes. It felt like a scam every few months when we had to write that check. Those fees are charged to you 4 times a year (Spring, Summer Session I, Summer Session II, and Fall). I would love to see a story from the The Chronicle about the fees. Now that ASU is lumped in with GRU/MCG, it will be considered a large state university (just like UGA), and those students who used to pay the lower fees at ASU will be forced to pay the higher ones at GRU.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 04/18/13 - 08:38 am
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i thought obammy promised
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i thought obammy promised that college cost will not increase????

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/18/13 - 09:35 am
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Mathematics

So sophomore Reggie Redd is a math major. Good for him. We need more mathematicians and scientists. When he graduates he can get a job as an actuary for a big insurance company. Only he should navigate to a life insurance company or a casualty insurance company. Obamacare is designed to kill the health insurance industry.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/18/13 - 10:13 am
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Name, names, names

I still say it's only fair to call GHSU, the Frog Hollow campus, if ASU will now be known as the Summerville campus. Is there anything actually known as Health Sciences now? I thought that was done away with although MCG still exists.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/18/13 - 10:43 am
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Frog Hollow

I'm with you, RM. I will try to use Frog Hollow when referring to the 15th St. & Laney Walker Blvd. campus. Although if I'm just going to the doctor I'll just say "MCG."

Also, have you picked up on my continued usage of "Grooo"? I prefer to write it that way instead of GRU. And when speaking I always say Grooo instead of gee-are-you.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/18/13 - 11:55 am
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I'll buy Grooo.

I'll buy Grooo.

prov227
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prov227 04/18/13 - 12:49 pm
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Are you really serious ...?

"There is ALWAYS money to lock people up but NEVER enough money to educate people." ... Some of the folks that are "locked up" never made it through "free" secondary school. Egalitarianism does not exist except in the mind of a socialist.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 04/18/13 - 01:06 pm
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When you adjust for cost of

When you adjust for cost of living differences, my BA cost me $90,000 in today's money.

Darby
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Darby 04/18/13 - 05:28 pm
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"A four-year college degree

should be completely free in this country."

.

Since it's free, there won't be any money wasted trying to educate those kids who left high school reading at a fifth grade level. Once they drop out, there won't have been any money wasted trying to educate them, because after all, it was all free.

I agree... Oh, but wait, if it's free then we don't need to pay the teachers or professors either right?

If it's free, then there is no cost to anyone right? Not to the school, not to the students, not to the taxpayers.

Not to anyone. That's a great idea. Why didn't I think of that?

Darby
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Darby 04/18/13 - 05:39 pm
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They did try that "free college" thing

in the old Soviet Union and it worked really great.

Except for that little caveat that not everyone was able to go, and those who did were selected by the government and had their disciplines selected for them, also by the government.

The rest were sent to work in factories and mills, etc.

But really, maybe we should try it here. This is America. I'm sure we can make it work better than Joe Stalin or Brezhnev did.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 04/18/13 - 06:36 pm
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Greeting Comrade, Fearless

Greeting Comrade, Fearless Leader commands your presence at Groooo

Signed, Boris and Natasha

PS Moose and Squirrel this means you!

Darby
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Darby 04/18/13 - 07:56 pm
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"PS Moose and Squirrel this means you!"

Sounds like someone's been playing with Mr. Peabody's WayBack machine.

If you run into Dudley Do-Right, say hello for me.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 04/18/13 - 08:52 pm
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I didn't see

I didn't see Dudley....Snidely Whiplash told me He and Nell were all tied up....

Darby
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Darby 04/18/13 - 11:45 pm
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Darn,

I sure do miss my childhood..

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