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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Under the proposed cuts, Albany State University would lose 19 percent of its funding next year, that's in addition to deep cuts already suggested in the Governor's budget plan.

Students, faculty, and staff looked for answers about a proposed budget cut which could slash 3.7 million dollars from the school's 22 million dollar appropriation for next fiscal year.

"I'm about to graduate in December so it won't really affect me," said Daniel Forsyth, ASU Student.

For others at the town hall tuition hikes and program cuts are not taken lightly.

"School systems in Georgia are already at the bottom and I think higher education is going to help pull us out of it," said Connie Leggett, Director of Title III Programs.

But leaders say they'll have to try to make do with millions less.

"We've already made cuts, we've taken furloughs, but the level of cuts proposed are unreasonable for the education system," said Leggett.

"Is it going to affect accreditation, will it affect my program, my graduation, very good questions," said

And university leaders don't yet have all the answers.

"Different schools are doing different things we needed to have a conversation, so don't go out and look for another school or transfer," said Wakefield.

Click here find out details about cuts at Albany State and other colleges, or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

http://www.usg.edu/fiscal_affairs/documents/summary_of_reductions.pdf 

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