Georgia college tuition to rise

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 10:10 AM
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AMERICUS, Ga. — Parents and students will be paying more to attend Georgia’s public schools in the fall after the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents voted to raise tuition during a meeting Tuesday.

Members of the Board of Regents get ready for a photo Tuesday.  Walter Jones/Morris News Service
Walter Jones/Morris News Service
Members of the Board of Regents get ready for a photo Tuesday.

The board, which met on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University, also extended for another year a “special mandatory fee” that was originally to have lasted only one year to tide the state’s 35 public colleges and universities over during cuts in the state budget after the recession. It began in 2009 and has been renewed every year.

Undergraduate tuition will rise 2.5 percent at all schools, except three research institutions that will see a bigger jump. The increase will be 3.5 percent at Georgia State University, 5 percent at the University of Georgia and 6 percent at Georgia Tech.

A higher increase at the research schools is to get them closer to the average charged by similar state schools in other parts of the country.

While renewing the mandatory fee, the board granted some exemptions. Active-duty military get a 100 percent exemption while students taking fewer than five hours per semester get half off. Also exempt will be students who attend college while still in high school. Students enrolled in more than one college will only pay the fee once.

The fee generates $120 million yearly, according to John Brown, the vice chancellor for fiscal affairs.

“We are not at a point where we want to put the special institution fee in policy for good,” he said. “We hope there will be a day when we can roll that back. ... If we sunset the special institution fee at this point, that would put the system in a bad way.”

The April meeting is the traditional time for budget adjustments, including changes in fees and tuition because it’s the first regular meeting after the legislature passes the next year’s appropriation.

The General Assembly boosted what it allocated to the University System’s 35 public colleges and universities by $89 million or 5.16 percent and provided funds for the students who have enrolled since the last state budget at the full amount in the formula in state law for per-student appropriations. However, that didn’t come close to restoring all of the cuts dealt every year since the last recession which reduced the base for the increase.

Most observers expected a tuition bump, and University of Georgia President Michael Adams had been quoted as predicting one. Experts estimate the inflation rate for all goods and services in the overall economy is 2 percent, which is less than the tuition hike and the appropriations boost.

University System officials have also noted often that tuition at Georgia’s public schools are lower than the state schools in neighboring states and nationally. They say Georgia students and parents get a bargain and express their desire to get closer to the average as a way to reflect the prestige they say Georgia institutions deserve.

“They need to be more in the arena of their peer institutions,” Brown said.

Still, UGA and Georgia State administrators asked to hold the boost for out-of-state students to 1 percent to keep them competitive.

Graduate tuition will also increase from 3 to 6 percent, depending on the program. The variation is to try to keep the tuition competitive.

Next month, the board will consider pay increases for the presidents of those colleges, although indications suggest raises would be few and small.

TUITION BREAKDOWN

Here is what the new tuition under the schedule approved Tuesday by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents. The new rates will apply during the fall semester.

Institution.....increase percentage....new tuition

Georgia Tech....6....$3,859

University of Georgia...5....$3,823

Georgia College and State University....2.5...$3,317

Georgia State University....3.5....$3,768

Georgia Health Sciences University...2.5...$3,732

Georgia Southern University....2.5...$2,426

Valdosta State University....2.5....$2,426

Armstrong Atlantic State University....2.5....$2,256

Augusta State University...2.5....$2,256

Savannah State University...2.5....$2,256

Coastal College of Georgia...2.5...$1,423

South Georgia College...2.5...$1,266

Waycross College...2.5...$1,266

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Insider Information
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Insider Information 04/17/12 - 10:09 am
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Any guess on how "small" Dr.

Any guess on how "small" Dr. Cool's raise will be?

I'm betting he gets at least a cool $50,000 raise.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/17/12 - 11:09 am
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Some cajones they have after

Some cajones they have after the article about the gazillions spent on campus construction.

CarlA
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CarlA 04/17/12 - 11:40 am
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College budgets have been

College budgets have been drastically expanding over the last several years. They constantly demand more and more resources and refuse to look at areas where significant savings can be realized. Large capital projects need to be put on the back burner during hard economic times but often times are not. The administrators continue to spend, spend, spend and rather than take a hard look at cutting expenses they take the easy route and raise tuition.

All of this on the backs of college students who will be saddled with a mountain of students loans after graduation. More and more students are weighing the cost versus the benefits and deciding that a traditional 4 year college degree is not worth it anymore.

This is beauracracy at its finest. Wait and see how much money goes to raises for the remaining administrators of the consolidated ASU-GHSU merger all in the name of "increased responsibilities".

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Insider Information 04/17/12 - 11:52 am
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Is it a coincidence that the

Is it a coincidence that the Board of Regents took their show on the road after the "occupiers" goofy attempt to disrupt the BOR meeting in Atlanta a few weeks back?

my.voice
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my.voice 04/17/12 - 12:04 pm
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Wait till Azziz gets cranked

Wait till Azziz gets cranked up, tuition will go up 20%.

CarlA
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CarlA 04/17/12 - 12:05 pm
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Heaven forbid anyone hold the

Heaven forbid anyone hold the BOR accountable!

David Hopper
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David Hopper 04/17/12 - 01:58 pm
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I'm just going to quote the

I'm just going to quote the top part of the news release I received.

______________________________________________________
Georgia Public College Tuition Increase the Lowest in a Decade

Strong State Funding of University System Reflected in Action by Regents

Atlanta — April 17, 2012

This fall, most students at Georgia’s 35 public colleges and universities will see the smallest tuition increase in a decade – 2.5 percent.
_______________________________________________

David Hopper
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David Hopper 04/17/12 - 02:00 pm
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So yes, what we're seeing is

So yes, what we're seeing is that 'cherry on top' when the public is told what is happening.

noway
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noway 04/18/12 - 07:46 am
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CarlA, ASU doesn't spend,

CarlA, ASU doesn't spend, spend, spend. They have a tight belt and are very lean. The professors don't get paid alot and neither do most of the administrators working there. The cost of tuition is very cheap in Georgia. Do your homework. I just don't understand why it's ok to pay $20,000 for a wedding but not the same for tuition (over 4 years) for a degree that lasts a lifetime. With proper money management, kids won't be strapped with loans. The price of a degree is worth it in the long run. Have confidence in your state universities. They are doing a wonderful job.

twolane
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twolane 04/18/12 - 08:55 am
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even with a college degree
Unpublished

even with a college degree they still cant get my order right

David Hopper
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David Hopper 04/18/12 - 12:19 pm
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Noway, you are absolutely

Noway, you are absolutely right, the salaries are low compared to most of the professors teaching 3-4 classes a semester teaching at similar Universities elsewhere in this state. I spoke with a group of professors about this very thing yesterday evening during a reception for a new Community Advisement Committee designed to help students obtain more internships and positions after college. ASU is still the cheapest 4 year college in this area, online programs included.

CarlA
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CarlA 04/18/12 - 08:52 pm
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I didn't say anything about

I didn't say anything about ASU but college administration as a whole. It is unfortunate that professors are getting under paid. But colleges are still subject to the laws of economics and supply and demand like the rest of us. I have been told by my boss, be lucky you have a job. If they are unhappy with their job they are free to leave and pursue other opportunities. It's not fair and quite frankly sucks but its the reality of the economic situation that we are in.

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