No tuition increases for Georgia public colleges next year

Students at Georgia’s public colleges and universities will see no tuition increases next school year, according to an announcement Tuesday from the state’s Board of Regents.

“We carefully assess the tuition rates for our institutions and are committed to keeping college as affordable as possible for students and their families,” said Kessel Stelling, chairman of the Board of Regents, said in a statement. “As part of our commitment to college affordability, the Board of Regents has decided there will be no tuition increase for all USG institutions for the 2016-2017 academic year.”

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Today’s announcement applies to all students, and means they will pay the same tuition at all 29 University System institutions for the 2016-2017 academic year as the current 2015-2016 academic year tuition rates for each institution.

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

“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.”

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