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Colleges bracing for higher ed funding cuts

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MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) – Colleges and universities across Georgia are bracing for another round of budget cuts that could bring more tuition hikes.

Budget hearings began at the state capitol Tuesday with Governor Nathan Deal calling for 7% cuts across the board.

That could mean $300-million  cut from the University System and Technical College System.

At Moultrie Technical College, leaders say they've dealt with deep cuts the last two years and are preparing for the next round.

"There's not a big scare around here so far because we've weathered these cuts very well, about 10% last year and over the last two years. We've just found ways to do more with less," said Jana Wiggins with Moultrie Tech.

Nearly 96% of students at Moultrie Tech receive either the HOPE grant or HOPE Scholarship.

Last week, the governor called on lawmakers to make cuts so that HOPE will no longer have to depend on reserve funds.

University System Chancellor Erroll Davis told lawmakers tuition would have to increase 30-percent to make up for expected budget cuts.

He promised to make spending cuts to prevent a tuition hike that dramatic.


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