State Budget Cuts Equal Tuition Increases for Georgia’s Technical College Students

The Governor’s request for another 3 percent budget cut will mean less money for Georgia’s technical colleges, forcing a 13 percent tuition increase for students and delivering another blow to the state’s economic future.

Beginning in January, a student taking a full 15-hour course load will see a $150 increase in tuition per semester.  All students will pay a new $50 institutional fee and students taking online courses will pay another $50 fee. These increases will cause more hardship for students already struggling to pay tuition and fees. HOPE grants will only cover 71 percent of tuition, $911 out of the $1,275 in tuition per semester for full-time students. HOPE no longer covers mandatory fees.

An educated, well-trained workforce is critical to a strong  economy. So increasing the financial burden on  students, which makes a technical college education unaffordable for some, hurts Georgia’s economic prospects. Policymakers should instead take  a balanced approach to the state’s budget  problems that includes additional revenue, along with making sure that HOPE grants are a priority for limited HOPE dollars.  This will help ensure Georgia has the workforce necessary for a growing economy.

 

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