MILLEDGEVILLE — Students enrolled at one of the 25 Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges, including Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC), will find themselves with bigger pocket holes in the spring 2013 semester since a student tuition increase of $10 per credit hour was approved last week.
The state board that oversees the TCSG approved the system’s request for the tuition increase. Tuition for a full, 15-hour course load will cost $1,275 next semester, or $150 more than today.
Three-quarters of TCSG students use HOPE to help pay for their tuition, mostly in the form of the HOPE grant, which pays $60.75 per credit hour. With the increase, students who enroll under the HOPE grant will pay $364 in out-of-pocket tuition for a full semester, up from the $214 they currently spend. Last year, more than half of the 170,000 students who enrolled at TCSG colleges qualified and utilized the federal Pell grant to help reduce costs of their education.
The TCSG board also approved a new $50 institutional fee beginning in spring 2013 and a $50 fee for online courses starting in fall 2013, which serves 85,000 students online. A student will pay an average of $223 in fees.
Once the expense of books is added in, usually about $500, the total cost to attend a TCSG college full-time for a semester next year will be just under $2,000. The out-of-pocket cost for students who qualify for the HOPE grant will be about $1,086.
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