“Regents Approve Three Percent Tuition Increase For Fall 2011” says the press release. A mere 3%? Parents everywhere are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief! Media outlets across the state are dutifully playing up the “minor” increase in tuition costs at Georgia’s colleges and universities.
The release also announced the end of the “uncertainty surrounding tuition at the University System of Georgia colleges and universities this fall…” And that’s where the spin begins. There’s never any “uncertainty” about tuition. It’s going up. The only uncertainty is whether it goes up by single digits or double digits.
This year, it’s single digits -but not the measly 3% in the headlines. According to the University System:
So it now costs 9% more to attend college in Georgia than it did last year. And remember that 90% that the HOPE scholarship was going to pay? It’s now down to 87.4% of the new tuition rates.