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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

February 3, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The proposed national stimulus package could add up to tuition money for Georgia college students.

Georgia's universities stand to gain as much as 160 million dollars to improve their facilities, but there could also be money for research and tuition. Right now the Senate bill would increase the maximum amount of Pell grants to low income students by 681 dollars over two years. With the state promising to cut university system funds, money from Washington could help save vital programs.

"Right now the University System of Georgia, they're cutting their expenses by 10 percent and so those services, that can be impacted by class sections that are offered to students so, rather than it taking them two years to graduate from Darton it might take an extra year," said Aaron Johnson, Darton College Economics Professor.

Darton also has shovel ready products like the ground breaking Wednesday of their new Nursing Building that could receive funding. UGA has 15 potential projects.

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