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Ga. Board of Regents vote to increase tuition

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia students will have to pay more out of pocket for college this fall after the state Board of Regents raised tuition Tuesday.

The board voted on tuition hikes between $31 and $218 more per semester.

Students at 32 of 35 university system campuses will see the lowest increase in nearly a decade — about 2.5 percent, or anywhere from $31 to $91 per semester. Those attending Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia and Georgia State University will see the biggest bumps, between $127 and $218 per semester.

The three schools have historically charged the same tuition rates, but system officials say the change puts the institutions more on par with peer schools in other states.

"This approach ensures each of the research institutions can fulfill their respective academic missions while being competitively priced with their peer institutions," said John Brown, vice chancellor for fiscal affairs.

Locally, students at Georgia Gwinnett College will see an increase of $41 per semester—from $1,648 to 1,689 per semester.

Payouts for most HOPE scholarships recipients remained flat this year, which means the vast majority of students will have to pay more of their tuition bills in the fall. Last year, state lawmakers cut the lottery-funded scholarships for all but the state's highest performing students.

In addition to tuition, students also pay hundreds each semester in mandatory fees, including a special fee created to help offset state funding cuts to higher education. That fee ranges from $160 to $544 per semester, depending on the college.

University system employees had talked about doing away with the fee but officials told the board that the system can't afford to lose the more than $200 million generated by fees.

"The board and I are very sensitive to the present economic realities facing our students and parents," said Chancellor Hank Huckaby said in a prepared statement. "We are thankful for the actions of the governor and the General Assembly of fully funding the formula. It allows us to take a very conservative approach to current tuition."

The regents also approved the system's $1.8 billion budget, which includes more than $70 million in state dollars to help deal with skyrocketing enrollment. It also includes $300 million in construction and renovation projects at campuses across the state.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

Won't you do a report on teacher salaries in our college system? Bet you will then see why tuition has to keep going up. Where is all the transparency in this State?

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cyclist 2 years, 3 months ago

http://www.usg.edu/fiscal_affairs/documents/afr2011_usg.pdf

You can also see several years past fiscal reports if you want to compare past salaries. Plenty of transparency, just requires five minutes of web searching.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

It doesn't tell me the salary per teacher or the number of years they have in the system. Total salaries isn't what I am looking for.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

This document does not provide the number of employees/teachers in the system. It does provide the following as of 6/30/11: Total Revenues: $6,303,621,638 Expenses: 6,031,030,041

Teachers Pay 5,476,723,562 = 91% of expenses
Retirement Sys 94,500,000 = 1.5% of expenses

311,442 students = cost per student = $19,362 (based on expenses)

This is an expensive system per student. Taxpayers picking up the largest part of the revenues it takes to fund this monster. Can't calculate the avg. employee teaching salary since the # of teachers is purposely left out of the report.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

This document does not provide the number of employees/teachers in the system. It does provide the following as of 6/30/11: Total Revenues: $6,303,621,638 Expenses: 6,031,030,041

Teachers Pay 5,476,723,562 = 91% of expenses

Retirement Sys 94,500,000 = 1.5% of expenses

311,442 students = cost per student = $19,362 (based on expenses)

This is an expensive system per student. Taxpayers picking up the largest part of the revenues it takes to fund this monster. Can't calculate the avg. employee teaching salary since the # of teachers is purposely left out of the report.

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 3 months ago

"Ga. Board of Regents vote to increase tuition"

SHOCKER!!!!!!!

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R 2 years, 3 months ago

How about upping the “fee rate” on those who do not produce proof of legal status to be in the United States?

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dentaldawg83 2 years, 3 months ago

glad my kids are done with college...most colleges are administratively top heavy and there is no end to this in sight..

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BenDover 2 years, 3 months ago

What amazes me is the Regents at a stroke of a pen, can raise the cost of education in our state.(If they had any kids in college I'm sure it would not have passed) I want to know how colleges can charge what they charge and have no regulation like the private sector. Insurance is regulated, utilities are regulated... come on this is getting crazy... It is less expensive to send your child, if they do not get the Hope Joke, to an out of state university than it is to keep the kids in state. Best of all our SAT scores are still in the lower 1/3 of the country. Deal, since he has been in office has cut HOPE, 2 years running, and now raises the cost...Does he just want to put our kids and parents in the poor house?

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BenDover 2 years, 3 months ago

Talk about a government agency with "Carte Blanche"... The Board of Regents... Who are these guys anyway...What world are they living in, trying to make GA schools tution cost in line with Other states...News Flash, our cost of living is different here than in other states...

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BuzzG 2 years, 3 months ago

Let's get the illegal aliens out of our state supported colleges and open up seats for legal residents.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

the article gives no reason why the Board raised tuition other than to be about the same tuition as other peer colleges. Who makes up this board and what difference is it that we keep up with other colleges? This is a ludicrous reason for an increase. The Governor must appoint these people to the Board. The other responses say all the rest of the reasons why Ga. is in the state it is in. These colleges want to keep 100% capacity so they allow illegals to fill up the rest of the seats. What a country we have been reduced to! The people making these decisions have no respect or regards to the legal residents nor to taxpayers.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

http://www.usg.edu/regents/

follow the link. The Governor does appoint this Board. Look who is on it and write to these so-called "regents," who could care less about an "educated Georgia."

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

Money magazine, May issue, ran an article saying that many colleges are reducing tuition costs to grab kids back to them during these hard times. Why does Ga. report that they have increased tuition to keep up with their "peers?" Something rotten here again. Maybe the folks here should stop snowballing us with false information and due more research before they make such decisions to satisfy their very own needs.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

Board of Regents Report This document does not provide the number of employees/teachers in the system. It does provide the following as of 6/30/11: Total Revenues: $6,303,621,638 Expenses: 6,031,030,041

Teachers Pay 5,476,723,562 = 91% of expenses

Retirement Sys 94,500,000 = 1.5% of expenses

311,442 students = cost per student = $19,362 (based on expenses)

This is an expensive system per student. Taxpayers picking up the largest part of the revenues it takes to fund this monster. Can't calculate the avg. employee teaching salary since the # of teachers is purposely left out of the report.

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