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April 16, 2008

Bainbridge--  Students and teachers on campus at Bainbridge College know the advantages of a small school.  "I've really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the teachers," says student Mat Lucy.  Stan Webb, Arts & Sciences Division Chair adds, "You get that personal rapport. My office is always open, you get that extra help outside of class."

Now more students and their parents might find another attractive quality in smaller schools as tuition costs continue to rise across the state.  "Students have a lower tuition rate as opposed to 4 year institutions," explains Admissions Counselor, Christina Jackson. At research university's like UGA and Georgia Tech, incoming freshman will pay over $2,400 a semester, an increase of $180.  Other 4 year universities tuition will increase by $115 dollars a semester.  And for first time students at 2 year schools like Bainbridge College, they'll pay $919, $44 more than last year.

And there are other cost savers besides lower tuition rates.  "Coming to a 2 year institution has major advantages for students especially home towns and surrounding areas," says Jackson. 

"I'm living with my parents so I'm saving a ton of money, I haven't taken out any student loans," says Lucy.  Even if students plan to transfer later to a larger school later on, not having to commute to another school or live away from home now, lets them save up money for the future.  "I've tried to weigh out what it would have cost before and it probably would have been in the tens of thousands of dollars.  I'm debt free as of now and I'm going to try to keep it that way," says Lucy.  A good start to go along with a good education.

The increase in tuition was passed as part of the board of regents record $2.3 billion budget.

 

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