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College tuition inflation
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Freshmen heading to one of Georgia’s public colleges or universities in the fall could pay more than $300 more per semester than some current students due to new tuition rates recently approved by the Board of Regents.
Incoming freshmen and students enrolled prior to fall 2006 will see tuition increases ranging from $76 to $302, depending on their year in school and their institution’s classification within the University System of Georgia.
Students who first entered the system in fall 2006, however, will not see an increase in tuition as part of the “fixed for four” guaranteed tuition plan that went into effect in August. The program locks college students into the same tuition rate for four years of coursework at four-year schools and three years of coursework at two-year schools.
Under the new tuition guidelines, the board also reclassified four schools, including Georgia Southern University and Valdosta State University, from “regional/state universities” to “comprehensive universities” in an effort “to direct students to high-quality institutions with a capacity for enrollment growth.”
While some students are unhappy with the tuition increase, Georgia Southern student Jhayson Osbourne does not have a problem with the new rates.
“I think it’s only fair,” the senior said. “I’m getting my money’s worth from the school and it has improved since I've been here.”
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