The Georgia Board of Regents approved another tuition hike on Tuesday, the 4th consecutive year the state has done so. The state’s flagship research institutions, UGA and Georgia Tech, will see tuition jump a whopping 9%, while most other colleges and universities in the state will have their tuition increase more modestly, at rates between 5.5 and 2.5%.
The jump in tuition is an unfortunate side effect of budget cuts, which began in 2008 with the economic recession. As Governor Nathan Deal said last year, “Since spending on education has always been the largest part of our state budget, representing over half of all spending, it was to be expected that it would be reduced during these hard times”. State funding for higher education, while increasing, is still below 2008 levels, ($1.9 billion in 2015, down from $2.1 billion in 2008).
Indeed, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Georgia ranked second in the nation in terms of percent increase in average tuition per student between 2008 and 2014, and seventh in terms of actual tuition increase.
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