Barely a month into his tenure as president of the University of Georgia, Jere Morehead suspects he already knows his fundraising acumen will be the measure of his success in the position. Morehead talked about the importance of UGA's upcoming comprehensive campaign and other issues in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with GPB last week, including economic development the rising cost of college.
A new study says Georgia students don’t have as much college debt as students elsewhere. The Institute For College Access and Success says Georgia’s 2010 graduating seniors owe less than 19,000 dollars in student loans on average.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Henry "Hank" Huckaby says he's "cautiously optimistic" that the state's 35 public colleges and universities will get full funding next fiscal year. That could mean lower tuition increases for students and an infusion of about $100 million for cash-strapped campuses that have been cut by more than $1 billion since the economy tanked.
The chancellor of the University System of Georgia has warned of tuition hikes because of shrinking state funding for universities and growing enrollment. The Board of Regents will decide next year's tuition rates at its Tuesday meeting.
The Senate Higher Education Committee Friday approved an overhaul of the HOPE scholarship that will make cuts to the awards many Georgia college students receive. The panel voted 5-2 along party lines. Democrats said the bill was being railroaded and that the Republicans' proposal would probably only cover 80 percent of tuition costs because it's based on last years rates.
Albany Representative Ed Rynders introduced a proposed constitutional amendment late last week to limit tuition increases at Georgia universities to the rate of inflation. He said it will help keep college affordable, especially for students who could lose some of their HOPE scholarship under a proposed restructuring.
A sweeping overhaul of the state's lottery-funded HOPE scholarship has rapidly cleared two hurdles in the Georgia Legislature. The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill 60-2 Thursday morning soon after the higher education subcomittee signed off on it.
State Rep. Ed Rynders of Albany wants voters to amend the state constitution so tuition increases at state universities cannot exceed the rate of inflation. He said controlling the cost of tuition is key to saving the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program, which is running out of money.