TCSG Approves Tuition Increase

Tuition will go up for students in the Technical College System of Georgia starting this fall.

Earlier this month, the state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia has approved the system’s request for a tuition increase of $4 per credit hour starting with the upcoming fall semester.

When the increase goes into effect, students at the 24 Technical College System of Georgia colleges will pay $89 per credit hour in a standard program.

The Technical College System stated that the average tuition for a full, 15-hour course load in the fall will cost $1,335, plus books and fees.

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson said that the system has done all that it can to hold down enrollment costs but that operational expenses, including those for cutting-edge technology programs, keep rising.

The Technical College System of Georgia notes that almost 82,000 of the 151,000 students who enrolled in the TCSG colleges last year were HOPE recipients, with the vast majority using the HOPE Grant.

Even with the latest increase, TCSG officials said students who qualify for the HOPE Grant will have about 73 percent of their tuition funded.

Also, the new Zell Miller HOPE Grant will pay 100 percent of tuition for students who enroll in certificate and diploma programs and maintain a 3.5 grade point average or better starting this fall, benefiting an estimated 16,000 TCSG students.