But theyll pay that same price for the next four years as the states fixed-for-four tuition plan goes into its second year. The plan a pet project of Gov. Sonny Perdue locks students into the same tuition rate for four years of schooling at four-year campuses and for three years of classes at two-year colleges.
That means rising sophomores will pay the same rates they did this school year $802 per semester and students who were enrolled prior to last August will pay $834, a $40 increase. Incoming freshman will pay $874 per semester, a 9 percent increase.
The fixed-for-four allows students and parents some ability to plan, but we also have to be able to plan, said Randy Pierce, president of GHC. It appears to be a large increase, but it will be parceled out over three years. The idea is to keep tuition affordable to everybody while maintaining the quality.
The Regents passed the tuition rates as part of a record $2.1 billion budget, which includes $54 million in raises for faculty and staff. The states colleges and universities got 10.5 percent more in state money this year than last, the largest jump in state funding for the Regents in 12 years, Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. said. Click here for the Board of Regents Web site.
It was an extremely good budget year for us, Davis told the 16-member board.
Pierce said, out of the new money, he anticipates about $700,000 in new funds in addition to his annual budget requests. He said while most schools need funding for capital outlay, GHCs need is for faculty funding.
Our growth has been limited to our faculty/personnel resources. We have far too many part-time faculty and not enough full-time faculty. Were capable of growth. We just need a general core, Pierce said. We need communications faculty, service personnel, nursing staff as well as math and science teachers so we can break up our math and science divisions.
Floyd Countys Willis Potts, the 11th Congressional Districts representative to the Board of Regents, was pleased with the funding levels, saying while the tuition hike seems high, he is optimistic that after a
couple years of fixed tuition it wont be as a big of an increase.
I give the local delegation a lot of credit weve been blessed with good elected officials; that gave us a good operating budget and offered strong support for education.
The budget was passed by the General Assembly in late April and is currently pending the governors final approval before it is officially in place.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. EXPLAINER
For now, it means a lot of confusion in trying to answer the question How much is tuition?
Here is a breakdown for per-semester tuition rates:
The Associated Press