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Tuition hike coming for incoming college freshmen

May 2, 2007

Albany--Get ready to fork out more cash for college. Tuition is going up at Georgia colleges.

On Wednesday, the Board of Regents raised tuition by $302 per semester for incoming freshmen.

It's a record $2.2 billion budget that includes $54 million in raises for faculty and staff.

At Albany State University, about 89 percent of students get some form of financial aid.

Advisors say there is help available to new students to offset the increase.

"There are a few new programs that the department of education has created, one is for freshmen students who come from rigorous high school backgrounds called the Academic Competitiveness Grant which will provide some funding that wasn't provided last year. The Pell Grant has increased their allotment," says ASU financial aid director, Thomas Harris, Jr.

The increase does not affect current students. They're locked in at the same rate for four years.

Beginning this fall, incoming freshmen will pay $2,248 in tuition per semester for the next four years.

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