Tuition cost up 2 percent for the 2017-2018 academic year

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Natalie Turman

The Board of Regents has reached a decision for tuition cost for the 2017-2018 academic year. Colleges in the University System of Georgia will be limited to a two percent increase for their tuition.

“Keeping tuition increases to a minimum allows the University System to provide a quality education balanced with the critical need to keep public higher education affordable,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley.

According to the press release from the Board of Regents the University system has been able to limit tuition increases to 2.2 percent annually over five years. This makes USG the sixth lowest state in tuition and fees for four year institutions.

The Board has also worked on decreasing the number of fees and limiting their increases. One for example is to get rid of their required meal plan for commuter students. The board is also working on a way to decrease online tuition. 

“The University System of Georgia is committed to providing students an affordable, accessible and high quality,” said Shelly Nickel, executive vice chancellor for strategy and fiscal affairs.

The System also has created new initiatives to help students graduate faster. They include Degree Roadmaps, Full Course Loads, and proactive advising.