Regents approve small tuition hike for next academic year

[private]After going one year without a tuition hike, the Board of Regents voted Tuesday to increase tuition rates by 2 percent at the state’s 28 public colleges and universities for the 2017-18 academic year.

With last year’s zero percent increase factored in, University System officials said tuition increases have averaged 2.2 percent annually over the last five years.

The University System has also moved to eliminate mandatory student fees. By the end of Fiscal Year 2019, mandatory commuter meal plans will no longer be in effect at Georgia Gwinnett College. The College of Coastal Georgia eliminated their plan last fall and Kennesaw State University will eliminate their plan effective fall 2017.

The University System’s rising tuition rates and fees have been a sensitive issue with legislators in recent years. (Here’s a chart of the new rates.)

“Keeping tuition increases to a minimum allows the University System to provide a quality education balanced with the critical need to keep public higher education affordable,” Chancellor Steve Wrigley said.

Georgia Tech’s in-state tuition for one semester will increase from $4,906 to $5,004. At the University of Georgia, in-state tuition for one semester will increase from $4,682 to $4,776.

At Georgia Gwinnett College, which is a smaller institution, tuition will increase from $1,922 to $1,960.

Out-of-state tuition rates will be roughly three times the in-state rate at most institutions.

“Across the University System, we are working together to help make college affordable with the ultimate goal of student success,” said Shelley Nickel, executive vice chancellor for strategy and fiscal affairs.

In other developments, Tristan Denley has been appointed chief academic officer and executive vice chancellor of academic affairs for the University System, effective May 22.

Denley is now the vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Tennessee Board of Regents, where he has worked since August 2013. Before moving to Tennessee, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Austin Peay State University.

Denley fills a position formerly held by Houston Davis. Davis was sent to Kennesaw State University to serve as interim president for several months last year, but he has since moved on to become president of the University of Central Arkansas

© 2017 by The Georgia Report

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