"That 2.5 percent increase can mean the difference between a student taking a full course load or living on campus or off campus," said Michaela Climer, student government association president at the University of North Georgia. "With some students already taking on more debt and having to take out loans, this will definitely provide them some relief."
The rising tuition rates had become an issue during the current legislative session, with state lawmakers questioning the need for the increases and requesting justification. A bill was proposed last week that would have barred the public colleges and universities from major tuition hikes more than the rate of inflation. Lawmakers had also been concerned that the rising tuition costs had led to the popular HOPE scholarship no longer being able to cover the full tuition for most students.
Huckaby had spoken repeatedly about trying to get the system to lower or even no increases.
“I understand how hard it is to pay your tuition every semester. When I went to school, I paid my way through and I remember those tough days, ” Huckaby said last year when this year’s tuition increase was approved.
Through a University System spokesman, he declined to comment further on the tuition freeze Tuesday.
“We carefully assess the tuition rates for our institutions and are committed to keeping college as affordable as possible for students and their families,” Kessel Stelling, chairman of the Board of Regents, said in a statement.