Georgia college students will have to pay up to $450 more per semester in tuition and fees starting this fall. The Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to raise tuition to deal with a massive shortfall because of state budget cuts, skyrocketing enrollment and dried-up federal stimulus money. The state's 35 colleges and universities are set to lose $346 million in funding for the fiscal year starting July 1.
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.
Governor Sonny Perdue has ordered state agencies cut 4 percent from their budgets in case an extension of Medicaid funds doesn’t pass Congress. Georgia created its budget depending on $375 million of the money, but conservatives in US senate won’t approve it if it raises the national debt.