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Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools
University of North Georgia tuition will rise by 5 percent for bachelor's degrees
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Public college tuition increases

Per-semester tuition for in-state undergraduates

Georgia Tech: Up 9 percent to $4,906 tuition

University of Georgia: Up 9 percent to $4,682

Georgia State University: Up 5.5 percent to $4,279

University of North Georgia: Up 5 percent to $2,676 for bachelor’s degrees and 2.5 percent for access students

Georgia Regents University: Up 5.5 percent to $2,562 to $4,239 based on start date and program

Kennesaw State University: Up 4.4 percent to $2,660

Middle Georgia State University: Up 9 percent to $1,630

Georgia College and State University: Up 3 percent to $3,590

Georgia Gwinnett College: Up 8.3 percent to $1,922

Atlanta Metropolitan State College: Up 9 percent to $1,450

Students at Georgia’s public colleges and universities will see tuition increases this fall, after university system officials Tuesday backed increases including a 9 percent per semester boost at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

The majority of state-operated schools will see a 2.5 percent increase for the fourth year in a row. Statewide, university system officials have approved tuition increases each year since at least 2002.

Students at the state’s research universities again will see the highest increases — costing in-state students $405 more at Georgia Tech for a total of $4,906 and $387 more at the University of Georgia for a total of $4,682 each semester.

University of North Georgia tuition will rise by 5 percent to $2,676 for those pursuing bachelor’s degrees. Tuition will rise by 2.5 percent for students who enroll through the associate degree track.

According to a news release from the University System of Georgia, the increase at UNG was needed to address critical staffing needs and recruit and retain faculty across its campuses, including those in Gainesville and Dahlonega.

Georgia State University tuition will rise to $4,279 per semester. That’s a 5.5 percent increase, identical to the rate approved for Georgia Regents University, with varying costs depending on when a student began courses.

This year, the system also proposed increases beyond the standard 2.5 percent for recently consolidated schools and those with growing enrollment or changing classifications. Kennesaw State University students will see a 4.4 percent increase, compensating for a merger with Southern Polytechnic State University completed earlier this year, while Middle Georgia State College will increase tuition 9 percent as it becomes a university. In 2014, students at those schools experienced only a 2.5 percent increase.

Chancellor Hank Huckaby said the tuition increases are necessary to maintain overall quality at each college or university.

“To ensure we can continue to offer quality public higher education, we must continue to invest in our institutions,” Huckaby said. “We have carefully assessed the tuition rates for our institutions to make sure we are balancing the increasing costs of providing public higher education while keeping tuition and fees as affordable as possible.”

Georgia this year included 3 percent increases to the merit-based HOPE Scholarship program in the state’s budget for fiscal year 2016, beginning July 1.

The Times contributed to this report.

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