Out of the 16 states that make up the Southern Regional Education Board, the USG has the fourth lowest in-state tuition and fees for undergraduates at four-year institutions. “USG continues to do all we can to ensure the cost of our colleges and universities remains among the lowest of our peers, while keeping a sharp focus on providing students with a high-quality, affordable and accessible experience,” said Regents chair Sachin Shailendra in a statement. “I support the recommendation of Chancellor Wrigley and know that the board will support and approve it at our meeting on Tuesday.”
Any relief Georgia students may feel over the tuition freeze could be short-lived, as the coronavirus pandemic could decimate state budgets, and that would sap public college funding. During the 2008 recession, Georgia dramatically slashed its investment in higher education. State higher-education allocations were cut about 28% between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2013, or just over $2,600 per Georgia college student.