Viewpoint: Tech school tuition goes higher - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Viewpoint: Tech school tuition goes higher

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Warrant issued for woman in arson investigation

    Warrant issued for woman in arson investigation

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:52:50 GMT
    Bainbridge Public Safety has taken out a warrant in connection to a fire that at a home on Martin Luther King Drive and injured a Captain who was fighting the flames.More >>
    Bainbridge Public Safety has taken out a warrant in connection to a fire that at a home on Martin Luther King Drive and injured a Captain who was fighting the flames.More >>
  • Lee Co. ESPN game isn't a sellout

    Lee Co. ESPN game isn't a sellout

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:48:25 GMT
     Officials say there are still plenty of tickets available for the nationally televised football game set for 9:00AM Saturday at Lee Co. stadium.More >>
     Officials say there are still plenty of tickets available for the nationally televised football game set for 9:00AM Saturday at Lee Co. stadium.More >>
  • Albany students demonstrate peaceful protest

    Albany students demonstrate peaceful protest

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:41 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:41:58 GMT
    Students at Albany High School got some hands-on experience this morning to learn from the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. "What do we want? Justice!" The students yelled. "What do we need? Peace!"More >>
    Students at Albany High School got some hands-on experience this morning to learn from the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. "What do we want? Justice!" The students yelled. "What do we need? Peace!"More >>

It's about to cost a lot more to go to a Georgia technical college.  That's a shame, but it was also probably unavoidable.

The Technical College System of Georgia recently passed a 13% tuition increase and implemented new fees.  It will push the average total cost for a technical college student to twice what they can get from HOPE grants.

The system has generally done a good job managing expenses by doing such things as consolidating schools a couple of years ago.  Tech colleges have still managed to provide quality and cost-effective education, with many schools boasting near 100-percent job placement rates for graduates.

Unfortunately, that education will now be out of reach for more Georgians, but with ongoing state budget cuts, technical colleges have little choice but to charge students more.  If you need new job skills, don't let the increase scare you away.  Look into your technical school and financial aid options.  It could be the key to getting the job you want.

We hope Technical College System leaders will continue to look for ways to cut costs without hurting the quality of education, and we hope they put off any further tuition hike for as long as possible.