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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Georgia college students who aren't ready for college classes are costing the state big money. About 25 percent of University System freshmen had to take remedial classes last year.

Those classes cost the university system $22 million. Some students turn to technical colleges for help.

Out of nearly 4,000 students at Albany Tech this fall.  About 500 will take learning support classes. They're either getting ready for a college entrance exam or improving in certain subjects so they can take regular classes.

"We've had a real upswing in our student population and we've seen a steady flow of students come into our leaning support classes," said Academic Achievement Center Director, Elaine Mercer. "If students don't make the score to be program ready then they have to go through remediation in either reading, writing, or math."

Albany Tech has a $2million grant over four years to help fund its academic achievement program.

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