Students at the University of West Georgia will pay an extra $52 per semester beginning this fall.
On Thursday, the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents set tuition for the 2017-18 academic year. Full-time, in-state undergraduate students at UWG will see a slight rise, from $2,613 per semester to $2,665.
Officials at the university said UWG works to keep its degree programs affordable and accessible.
“We prioritize our needs to align with the impacts they will have on our students,” UWG President Kyle Marrero said. “Any increase in direct costs to students is weighed heavily with the critical imperative of funding increased costs in instruction and services to better meet those student needs.”
Tuition increases among the university system’s 28 institutions will range from $27 to $98 per semester, with none exceeding a 2 percent rise. The hike comes after USG schools froze tuition rates, with no increases, for the current academic year.
“With the generous support of the governor and legislature, we continue to focus on college affordability, while providing quality education,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “Keeping tuition increases to a minimum allows the University System to provide a quality education balanced with the critical need to keep public higher education affordable.”
System-wide, tuition has risen by an average of 2.2 percent annually for the past five years, with the University of West Georgia averaging just 1.9 percent over the same period.
“Nominal tuition increases allow us to maintain current service levels, while enhancing direct instruction, student services and administrative functions that contribute directly to the success of our students,” Marrero said.
For the past two years, UWG has elected not to raise mandatory student fees, another area in which University System of Georgia officials say they are working to keep higher education affordable. Through the use of free online textbooks through the Affordable Learning Georgia initiative, USG schools saved students more than $3.5 million in 2016.
Students who enroll in online courses will actually get a break, as the university system announced a tuition decrease for its online core curriculum – the University of West Georgia-managed eCore – from $169 per credit hour to $159.