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The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved a 2.5 percent increase in tuition for full-time, in-state undergraduate students starting in the fall.

Tuition will increase by 2.5% this fall for full-time undergraduate students in the University System of Georgia, impacting student tuition at Georgia Southern University.

According to a press release, depending on the type of institution, the increase translates to $35 to $125 increase per semester for a full-time, in-state undergraduate students.

According to figures provided in a USG statement, GS' in-state tuition and fees at 15 credit hours will increase from $2,665 to $2,732. Per credit hour costs will increase from $177.67 to $182.13.

Out of state tuition and fees at 15 credit hour will increase from $9,406 to $9,651. Per credit hour costs will increase from $627.07 to $643.73.

Eleven of USG’s 26 institutions will be allowed limited fee increases for the upcoming academic year, ranging from $4 to $50 per semester for a full-time, in-state undergraduate student.

“Limiting tuition increases to 2.5 percent will help enable institutions to balance the critical needs of affordability and quality for students and families,” Chancellor Steve Wrigley said. “At the same time, USG will continue building upon systemwide initiatives to ensure on-time college completion, increase student access to free textbooks and reduce student borrowing. USG institutions are advancing our priorities of affordability, efficiency and degree attainment while continuing to provide students with a high-quality education.”

According to an article by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, state officials said the increases are necessary to fund ongoing programs to improve retention rates, recruit faculty, help more students graduate and cover other costs, such as rising healthcare.

Figures provided in a USG statement, the board did not vote to raise tuition last year.

A list of tuition rates per semester can be viewed on the USG's website.

Matthew Enfinger, The George-Anne Editor-in-Chief,

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