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Georgia technical colleges increasing tuition

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Tuition is going up for schools within the Technical College System of Georgia -- which includes Columbus Tech.

Starting in the fall, tuition will be going up $4 per credit hour. When the increase goes into effect, students at the 24 colleges statewide will pay $89 per credit hour in a standard program. The average tuition for a full, 15-hour course load in the fall will cost $1,335, plus books and fees.

Even with the latest increase, students who qualify for the HOPE Grant will have about 73% of their tuition funded. Starting in the fall, the new Zell Miller HOPE Grant will pay 100 percent of tuition for students who enroll in certificate and diploma programs and maintain a 3.5 grade point average or better. It is estimated that the Zell Miller Grant will benefit at least 16,000 TCSG students.

Also new this year, TCSG students who need additional financial assistance will be eligible to apply for a one percent loan through the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA or better will have their loan forgiven.

The school system say the tuition hike is needed to offset rising operational costs.

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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