Good news for Cobb’s spring graduates: no increase in college costs

The Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia gave college-bound students a bit of good news: college tuition costs across Georgia’s state university system will remain flat for the first time in more than a decade.

If Cobb is like the rest of the state, four of ten graduates will go into the Georgia state system.

The tuition freeze applies to all students in the system’s 29 institutions, and means they will pay the same tuition amount they paid when school began this school year.

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“We have heard from students, parents and legislators regarding year-over-year tuition increases citing concerns about the rising costs of a college education in Georgia,” said Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “We recognize and share their concerns about college affordability. Today’s announcement demonstrates we are listening to students, their families and legislators and taking meaningful action.”

The announcement comes after years of increases for students, including tuition hikes ranging from 9 percent to 2. 5 percent this school year.