Chancellor Hank Huckaby, head of the University System of Georgia, had planned to discuss a controversial policy on undocumented students attending state colleges, but decided against it because of a newly-filed lawsuit on the issue.
An Atlanta-based immigration attorney planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against Georgia’s Board of Regents. Currently, a Regents policy requires illegal immigrants to pay out-of-state tuition at the state’s colleges and universities, even if they graduated from a Georgia high school.
Applications are up at Augusta State University. About 3,670 people have applied for undergraduate and graduate programs for fall 2012, an increase of 15 percent, according to registrar and director of admissions Katherine Sweeney.
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.