LAWRENCEVILLE -- Students at state colleges and universities will pay more in tuition next year.
Under hikes passed Tuesday by the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents, most students will pay tuition increases ranging from a low of $50 per semester at two-year colleges to a high of $500 per semester at the four research universities, according to a news release.
Georgia Gwinnett College's tuition will rise from $100 per credit hour to $107 per credit hour, with a semester maximum of $1,600 for students taking 15 or more credit hours, school officials said. That's a $100 increase from the current maximum tuition of $1,500 per semester.
"This modest increase will help us meet our budgetary obligations for fiscal year 2011," Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman said. "The board sought to balance the need to preserve access and protect quality with the reality of financing higher education. We appreciate the support of the regents, the legislature and the governor."
The tuition increase will generate $80 million system-wide to help offset the $227 million reduction in state funding for the USG, the news release states. The system will receive $1.95 billion in state funding in the upcoming fiscal year.
"Our tuition strategy helps us to preserve both access and quality, but we are not accomplishing these goals by shifting all of our costs to students and families," USG Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. said.
The strategy is to ensure that tuition is competitive within the state at the two-year and state colleges, competitive regionally at the regional and comprehensive universities, and nationally competitive at the research universities, the news release states.
Students who enrolled under the Guaranteed Tuition Plan in the fall of 2006 and who come off that plan this fall, along with freshman and sophomores, will pay the new tuition rates. Students who enrolled in fall 2007 or 2008 under the Guaranteed Tuition Plan will see no change in their tuition rates.
Undergraduate students attending one of the four research universities -- Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Medical College of Georgia or the University of Georgia -- will pay $3,535 per semester, an increase of $500 from last fall. Students attending one of these universities who are eligible for Pell Grants will have access to need-based aid to help offset the tuition increase.
Students attending state universities with specialized missions will see an increase of $300 per semester. At Columbus State, Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State, North Georgia, Valdosta State and West Georgia, students will pay $2,298 per semester, while those enrolled at Southern Polytechnic will pay $2,489. Georgia College students will pay $3,142.
Tuition at all other state universities will increase by $200 to $2,137 per semester. This includes Albany State, Armstrong Atlantic, Augusta State, Clayton State, Fort Valley, Georgia Southwestern and Savannah State.
Tuition at the state colleges will increase $100 to $1,347 per semester, including Abraham Baldwin, College of Coastal Georgia, Dalton State, Gainesville State, Gordon, Macon State and Middle Georgia.
Tuition at the two-year colleges will be $1,199, a $50 increase. This includes Atlanta Metro, Bainbridge, Darton, East Georgia, Georgia Highlands, Georgia Perimeter, South Georgia and Waycross.