A recent cut to the University System of Georgia is spelling trouble for many two-year colleges, which are seeing a decline in enrollment, which translates into less money from tuition revenue.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal ordered $108 million in cuts from the University System of Georgia, which means roughly $54 million for the current fiscal year and $54 million for the next in reductions. Deal requested that state agencies find $553 million in budget cuts - the fifth year in a row that the governor's office has asked department heads to come up with additional reductions. More than half of the requested cuts are coming from the University System of Georgia and the Department of Community Health, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
A reduction in state funding will likely lead to an increase in tuition and fees, according to John Brown, vice chancellor of fiscal affairs. He also stressed that more cuts could come and should be prepared for.
Brown also said that enrollment has only dropped twice since 1978, but now shows that roughly two-thirds of the system's 35 colleges will see either decreases in enrollment numbers or no increase or decrease at all.