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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 5:06am

Lawmakers Could Limit Tuition Hikes

Georgia lawmakers want to amend the state constitution to prevent the Board of Regents from raising tuition more than the rate of inflation. Lawmakers are set to hold a hearing at 3 p.m. Wednesday on legislation calling for the change.

The legislation would require the board to get lawmakers' approval before they could increase tuition more than inflation.

State lawmakers have said they're frustrated with double-digit tuition increases at Georgia's 35 colleges and universities over the last few years.

The rapid rise in tuition is part of the reason that the HOPE scholarship program was set to go broke before it was cut back. The measure must get approval by two-thirds of the House and Senate before going on the ballot for voters to consider.

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