Student Affairs

Academic Affairs Division

Tuition Frequently Asked Questions

2012-13 Tuition Frequently Asked Questions

April 2012

This fall, most students at Georgia’s 35 public colleges and universities will see the smallest tuition increase in a decade – 2.5 percent. The action by Board of Regents on tuition is possible in part because of the Governor’s recommending and the General Assembly’s full funding of the University System of Georgia’s formula, which provides the regents with a strong financial base upon which to set current tuition policy in fiscal year 2013. The board’s actions address not only affordability, but also support the goals of ensuring high academic quality and promoting college completion.

  1. Q: Is tuition increasing this fall?
    A. Yes, however, at 2.5 percent, this is the lowest percentage increase since fiscal year 2003 for the majority of in-state undergraduate students. Depending upon the college or university in which a student is enrolled, the increase at 32 USG institutions ranges from $31 to $91 per semester. Students who attend the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia and Georgia State University will see a somewhat higher tuition increase.

  2. Q: How much will tuition increase at Georgia Tech, UGA and Georgia State?
    A: The board is adopting a new approach to bring the per-student funding closer to that of the national peers for each university. The tuition increase at Georgia Tech will be 6 percent; at UGA students will experience a 5 percent increase and the increase at Georgia State will be 3.5 percent. This approach ensures each of the research institutions can fulfill their respective academic missions while being competitively priced with their peer institutions.

  3. Q: What are the factors that go into decisions on tuition rates?
    A: State appropriations pay for only part of the cost of running the System’s colleges and universities. Tuition is used to make up part of the balance and it helps to pay for faculty and staff salaries, utilities, facilities maintenance and services. As enrollment increases and operating costs rise, tuition must be sufficient help cover the institution’s instructional costs and maintain academic quality.

  4. Q: How will the new tuition rates affect students HOPE that are on the Guaranteed Tuition Plan?
    A: HOPE will continue to pay 100 per cent of tuition for students currently on the Guaranteed Tuition Plan. For more information regarding HOPE and the Zell Miller Scholarship visit, “How HOPE changes will affect USG Students.”

  5. Q: Will students be charged the institutional fee in 2012-2013?
    A: Yes. The fee was due to sunset on June 30, 2012. However, the board adopted a resolution that continues the fee at its current levels for the 2011-2012 academic year. The board will continue to review and evaluate the fee annually as part of the tuition and budget process. However, the board did approve a number of exemptions to the special institutional fee. This includes a total exemption for active military personnel, joint enrolled students (this includes ACCEL and MOWR students) and students exempt from fees, such as senior citizens. The board also approved a 50 percent reduction in the fee for all students taking from one to four credit hours. Students cross-registered at multiple institutions will pay the special institutional fee only at the home institution to which they are enrolled.

  6. Q: What does the institutional fee cover?
    A: The institutional fee goes into the institutions’ general funds to help offset the gap between the cost of instruction and what the state can budget and tuition doesn’t cover. The fee helps to fund the operation off libraries, faculty salaries and for staff for student advising and support.

  7. Q: What about other student fees?
    A: Other specific student fees that originate at the institutions received close scrutiny this year. Of the total 254 student fees in place in the System, only 18 were recommended and approved for increases. All fee increase requests were carefully reviewed and increases were limited to those deemed absolutely necessary.

  8. Q: How much of an increase will graduate students pay?
    A: The board allows the four research universities to set graduate tuition increases in a range from 3 to 6 percent. This gives these institutions the flexibility to price programs.

    • Georgia Health Sciences University will increase graduate tuition 6 percent.
    • Georgia Tech will increase graduate tuition 5 percent.
    • UGA and Georgia State will increase graduate tuition 3 percent.