Tuition at Georgia College will increase 2.5 percent in the fall, based on a University System of Georgia Board of Regents vote taken Tuesday. The increase, the smallest tuition hike in a decade, follows a 3 percent jump in GC tuition approved last year.
The board set the increase at its meeting in Atlanta.
Based on the newly approved percentage, an undergraduate student enrolling for more than six credit hours at Georgia College will pay $3,317 per semester this fall, up $81, according to a press release issued by the university.
“The board and I are very sensitive to the present economic realities facing our students and parents,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby via press release. “We are thankful for the actions of the governor and the general assembly fully funding the formula; it allows us to take a very conservative approach to current tuition. It also helps us maintain accessibility and affordability as we pursue increasing college completion rates across the state.”
The special institutional fee of $275, first enacted in 2009 by the board to help offset lower state support due to the economic recession, was continued at current levels, with some exceptions. The fee had been due to end June 30.
A total exemption from the special institutional fee was approved for active military personnel, joint enrolled students and for exempt students who typically do not pay fees, such as senior citizens. Students who are cross-registered at multiple institutions will pay the fee only at their home institution. The final exemption approved is a 50 percent reduction in the fee for all students taking from one to four credit hours.
The athletic fee for Georgia College will increase $6 per semester, from $175 to $181 in order to support a new intercollegiate volleyball team. Of 254 student fees in the System, only 18 were approved for increases.