Ga. Regents approve fee hike for students

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ATLANTA - College students in Georgia will pay more in fees next year to help make up for state budget cuts.

The state Board of Regents approved an increase Tuesday that doubles special fees enacted last year when the state began withholding money from departments and agencies. Students will pay between $50 and $100 more than they did this year, depending on where they go to school.

At research universities like the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, students will pay $200 per semester starting in January 2010. Regents spokesman John Millsaps says the fee will raise about $24 million.

The state's 35 colleges and universities may have to turn to more furlough days and layoffs to make up the $163 million in cuts from the state this fiscal year.

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imdstuf
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imdstuf 11/17/09 - 02:47 pm
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Colleges are one of the

Colleges are one of the biggest rackets.

maestra
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maestra 11/17/09 - 03:04 pm
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My son attends the University

My son attends the University of Georgia and as parents we pay way too much already. He barely qualifies for financial aid because "we make too much money" although we are living paycheck to paycheck trying to make ends meet and pay for his education. If they would cut the coaches salaries, administration's salaries, and teaching staff salaries, maybe they wouldn't have to raise student fees.

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BOBO 11/17/09 - 03:18 pm
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always have the hand stuck

always have the hand stuck out.. Ga you suck!

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SuperG151 11/17/09 - 03:50 pm
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Furloughs, layoffs, health

Furloughs, layoffs, health insurance increases, 0 merit raises, please remind me why I work for the USG again??

workingmom
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workingmom 11/17/09 - 06:19 pm
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I hope my children can

I hope my children can graduate from college before it gets too expensive for them to attend without taking out loans!

createyourfuture
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createyourfuture 11/17/09 - 06:28 pm
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workingmom: Thirty-five years

workingmom: Thirty-five years ago, some of us went to college on loans and subsequently paid those loans back out of our own pocket and not Mom and Dad's. What do you think makes your kids so special that they can't take out loans?

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corgimom 11/17/09 - 06:32 pm
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Maestra- nobody is making him

Maestra- nobody is making him go to UGA. If it's too expensive, have him live at home and go to ASU. You are choosing to pay for it. Make him take out loans. College is not mandatory. State universities would not exist if it weren't for state subsidies. If you think that tuition and fees cover the whole cost of running an university, you are mistaken.

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workingmom 11/17/09 - 06:47 pm
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createyourfuture, There is

createyourfuture, There is nothing wrong with taking out loans if you aren't able to afford college tuition. I worked through college to help my parents with my tuition and have paid for my graduate degrees while working. However, if I am in a position to give my children an advantage without them entering into the working world already in debt, then I certainly am glad to do so. There is nothing wrong with taking out loans, earning scholarships, or having parents pay for tuition....as long as the student applies himself and works toward graduating and being a working member of our society.

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augsaltwater 11/17/09 - 08:00 pm
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I'm sorry but these are some

I'm sorry but these are some of the most discerning comments I have seen on AC in a while. Comments like "college is not mandatory" are borderline ignorant. College is expensive, period. Do what you must to make sure your child may take full advantage of opportunities presented to them. UGA is NOT an easy school to get into, props on you child getting in and more props on them excelling at a top notch school. My guess is that a considerable percentage are enrolled via student loans (like myself) and probably federal student loans at that. So when the school raises fees they are taking federal money? That makes a lot of sense. Why not just have the feds cut them a check like they have been doing for everyone else, it would save a lot of time and heartache.
Maestra, I am sure you have but have Pell grants been explored yet? There are all kinds of scholarships for just about anything, I am diving into all that right now myself. Lots of money being handed out, but it takes effort to pursue.
Education is power and a Bachelors degree is something nobody may ever take away from you. If you think "an university" is even close to proper grammar, you are mistaken.

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