It’s becoming more and more expensive to attend a college or university in the state of Georgia and a recent audit indicates that students are stuck with the majority of the costs.
From fiscal year 2006 to fiscal year 2015, the average increase for higher education students in Georgia was 77%. The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts reports the increase went from $8,361 per year, on average, to $14,791 per year.
The increases make it difficult for the HOPE Scholarship to keep up with funding needs, which may be one reason Georgia legislators are considering casinos in Georgia.
Several years ago, anyone with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) while in high school was eligible for full coverage of tuition costs via the HOPE scholarship, but in 2011, the Georgia General Assembly was forced to restrict those standards to a 3.7 GPA.
The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents has also taken considerable heat after dozens of administrators and university presidents once again received pay raises despite the fact that many already make over a million dollars per year.
Even with the 77% increase, the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts reports that Georgia is on the lower end of the spectrum for public college and university costs in the region and nation.