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University System of Georgia makes tuition changes

MGSU graduate students in computer-related programs received their Master's degrees / T.J. Strickler (WGXA)

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The University System of Georgia has announced some changes that will hopefully leave a few extra dollars in students' pockets depending on where they attend.

USG officials say that tuition will only increase two percent this year, an average of $27 to $98 per semester for a full time student.

However, the USG's online offerings will drop from $169 to $159 per credit hour, with some colleges such as Kennesaw State and the University of North Georgia set to drop their tuition costs by an average of six percent.

“With the generous support of the governor and legislature, we continue to focus on college affordability, while providing quality education,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “Keeping tuition increases to a minimum allows the University System to provide a quality education balanced with the critical need to keep public higher education affordable.”

The number of fee increases dropped from 67 in Fiscal Year 2012 down to 12 for the upcoming year, Fiscal Year 2018 according to the USG, but no examples were listed in the release.

Also on the chopping block were mandatory commuter meal plans. Kennesaw State University will eliminate their plan effective fall 2017 and by fiscal year 2019, they will be phased out at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Out of the 16 states that make up the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the USG has now become the sixth lowest state in tuition and fees for four-year institutions.

For more on tuition prices and fees, visit the University System of Georgia's website.

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