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Tuition goes up at GA colleges

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  To offset a $227 million cut to the University System's budget, the Board of Regents today approved tuition hikes at all 35-schools in the system.

The increases range from $50 to $500 per semester. That means students must bear a greater financial burden.

"It seems like prices keep going up along with the prices for books and everything else. But our financial aid isn't really increasing." says O'Brien Arnett. The ASU learned Tuesday his tuition will go up $200 per semester beginning this fall.

"An extra $200 per semester is going to put an extra crunch on students who really can't afford books or other things to successful in academia," he said.

Like ASU, tuition at Georgia Southwestern will increase $200 per semester.

Valdosta State students will pay $300 more per semester.  At ABAC, the increase is $100. Bainbridge, Darton, and South Georgia College will go up $50 per semester.

Students agree it could be worse, but ASU freshman Detrius Hicks says some students will feel the hurt more than others.

"Especially those who use financial aid and it's also greater for those who have to pay out of pocket," said Hicks.

Per-student spending at Georgia colleges has plummeted 25% in the last ten years.  The Regents say increasing tuition was necessary to keep that nosedive from being even worse.

Students who enrolled in fall 2007 and 2008 under the Guaranteed Tuition Plan will see no change in their tuition rates.

For a complete list of tuition rates at all 35 University System Schools click here

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