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Posted: April 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

GPC tuition to increase

Georgia Perimeter College is one of 27 University System of Georgia institutions that will see only a 2.5 percent increase in tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year, a smaller percentage than average increases throughout the state.

The raise in tuition for undergraduates at the included colleges and universities was approved on Tuesday by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. Tuition increases for Georgia’s research universities usually range from 4 to 9 percent.

A 2.5 percent increase means a full-time GPC student will only be charged an extra $32 a semester, according to Rob Watts, interim president at GPC. An in-state, full-time student will have to pay $88.67 per credit hour, only $2.13 more than the 2013-2014 academic year tuition costs. For a full-time student taking 15 credit hours, the cost will increase from $1,298 to $1,330 per semester.

“This keeps Georgia Perimeter College very affordable and one of the best values in higher education in the state,” Watts said.

University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby said tuition and fees in Georgia fare well in comparison to other states’ institutions. Of the 16 states included in the Southern Regional Education Board, Georgia’s tuition and fees rank 10th among four-year and seventh among two-year institutions.

“Tuition and fees in (Georgia) continue to be an excellent value for students, but we are both mindful and sensitive to ensuring broad access to college,” Huckaby said.

Mandatory fees at GPC will remain the same.

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