The cost of higher education at Georgia’s public universities will jump by up to 9 percent next academic year.
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents (USG) Tuesday approved a series of tuition hikes for the 2015-16 academic year. The increases will range from 2.5 percent at 20 of the system’s 30 institutions to 9 percent at The University of Georgiaand Georgia Tech, two of the four research universities.
USG noted Georgia Tech and UGA “require more investment to provide the academic programs, offerings and student services that are essential as leading and nationally ranked research universities.”
Tuition will rise by 5.5 percent at the system’s other two research institutions, Georgia State University and Georgia Regents University.
The tuition increases will maintain the balance in the costs of public higher education in Georgia at roughly 50 percent from the state government and 50 percent from tuition.
“To ensure we can continue to offer quality public education, we must continue to invest in our institutions,” system Chancellor Hank Huckaby said. “We have carefully assessed the tuition rates for our institutions to make sure we are balancing the increasing costs of providing public higher education while keeping tuition and fees as affordable as possible.”
Students attending Atlanta Metropolitan State College and Middle Georgia State University also were hit with tuition increases of 9 percent.
Several other universities will experience larger tuition hikes than the base 2.5 percent because of special circumstances.
Students at Kennesaw State University will pay 4.4 percent more in tuition to help cover the costs of KSU’s upcoming consolidation with Southern Polytechnic State University. Tuition at Georgia Gwinnett College will go up by 8.3 percent to bring it more in line with the system’s other four-year universities.
Atlanta Business Chronicle