The state’s Board of Regents voted in April to raise tuition by 2 percent at 28 state colleges and universities.
A December state audit found the average annual on-campus cost of attending a University System of Georgia school increased from $8,361 to $14,791, a 77 percent increase, during a recent 10-year stretch. The bulk of the costs were for housing and dining, according to the audit.
State funding for those schools, though, hasn’t kept pace, the audit found. Funding per student declined from $8,312 to $7,024 during the same time period, the audit found.
USG officials have noted their schools’ average tuition, about $7,100 a year, is the sixth lowest among the 16 states in the Southern Regional Education Board. USG average tuition and fees averaged 25 percent less than what institutions in peer states charge, the audit report found.