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Monday, September 14, 2009 - 12:05pm

Budget Cuts Melt Away Tuition Freezes

New students at Georgia’s state universities won’t be covered by a program that offered set tuition.

The “fixed-for-four” program was initiated by the Board of Regents in 2006.

It guaranteed new students who enrolled in the fall of that year a fixed tuition rate for four years.

Now that program has been suspended which means incoming 2009 students will be subject to increased rates.

Regents spokesperson John VanChella says budget cuts are the reason.

"The University System’s state appropriations have been reduced 11.9 percent for fiscal year 2010. As a result the Board of Regents had to reconsider the viability of “fixed-for-four.”

While the most recent crop of students won’t benefit from “fixed-for-four,” over 100,000 students who started school between the fall of 2006 and the Summer of 2009 will be covered under the program until their 4 year window closes.

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