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Regents change tuition rates at Georgia Gwinnett College

ATLANTA - Students at Georgia Gwinnett College will be paying different tuition rates this fall, depending on their class.

A state university system Board of Regents committee Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a plan to charge entering freshmen $78 per credit hour and collect $120 per credit hour from juniors and seniors.

The year-old college still won't have any sophomores during the 2007-08 school year.

The new rates, expected to gain final approval today, represent a change from last May, when board members established a single tuition rate of $78 per credit hour for GGC and the system's other six state colleges.

GGC was put into that category because it shares with the state colleges the mission of providing high school graduates ready access to the university system, GGC President Dan Kaufman said Tuesday.

But the state colleges primarily are two-year schools, while GGC is a four-year college and, thus, has greater financial needs, he said.

"We've got to have the revenue stream ... that allows us to acquire and retain the level of faculty we need and build the laboratory facilities we need," Kaufman said. "It's an acknowledgment of our unique status."

Eddie Beauchamp, GGC's vice president for business and finance, said the school expects to receive $2.5 million from tuition payments during the school year that starts Aug. 20, about 10 percent of the college's budget.

Students also will be paying the usual activity fees, along with special fees of $100 per semester to help pay for a parking deck and student center at the campus off of Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville.

Kaufman said he expects design work to begin on the student center this fall.

Construction already is under way on the parking deck. It's due to open in December, Kaufman said.

SideBar: At a glance

Here are tuition rates for Georgia Gwinnett College given preliminary approval Tuesday:

Class*

Tuition

Freshmen $78 per credit hour

Juniors

$120 per credit hour

Seniors

$120 per credit hour

*GGC opened last year with only juniors and will enroll

its first freshmen this fall. Therefore, there will be no

sophomores this year.

Source: Georgia University System Board of Regents