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Regents vote to increase tuition

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Following a decision Tuesday by the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents, college tuition at 27 colleges and universities for in-state undergraduate students will increase by 2.5 percent, effective this fall.

Among those affected: Georgia Gwinnett College students.

At the local college, it means a difference of $2.80 more per credit hour or $42 per semester for up to 15 hours using the regular tuition model.

Various increases in tuition across the state range from $32 to $270 per semester. According to a news release from the USG Board of Regents, it's the same percentage increase as the previous year.

"In determining tuition rates for the upcoming academic year, affordability was the regents' primary concern," said John Brown, vice chancellor for fiscal affairs. "Our ability to maintain a low percentage increase reflects a serious commitment by the board to minimize the financial impact on our students."

The tuition rates approved by the board maintain the current tuition balance of state funding covering 50 percent of the cost of instruction, and tuition fees covering the remaining 50 percent, Brown said.

Chancellor Hank Huckaby said the board is "extremely concerned about the cost of college and ensuring Georgians have access to our institutions."

"In addition, as we work to achieve our ambitious Complete College Georgia goals of an additional 250,000 college graduates, we must do everything possible to ensure that the cost to attend college is not a barrier. This small increase helps students and parents financially while ensuring we can continue to provide a quality college education."

Complete College Georgia is an initiative that aims to significantly increase the number of Georgians with college degrees or one-year certificates in order to close gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.