The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, which governs the two Cobb County universities, approved the increase, the same percentage level that was approved last year, during its Tuesday meeting.
For Kennesaw State University, the in-state per semester tuition rate is $2,426 and will rise this fall to $2,487. The out-of-state per tuition rate is $8,564 and will rise to $8,778.
For Southern Polytechnic State University, the in-state per semester tuition rate is $2,628 and will rise to $2,694 this fall. For out-of-state students, the rate is $9,352 and will rise to $9,586 this fall, said university system spokesman John Millsaps.
Shaddi Abusaid of Marietta, a senior communications major at Kennesaw State and the news editor for the campus newspaper, The Sentinel, took the announcement in stride.
“They’re doing a lot of new construction, and the projects are pretty expensive, not to mention the football team, so that’s going to cost a lot of money, and I guess they have to get it somehow,” Abusaid said.
The senior said what really bothers him is that his teachers haven’t received raises in five years.
“I would say that’s my main concern that professors aren’t getting paid, but they’re having to work more and more,” he said. “The professors are what make the institution work.”
One reason for the rate increases is that the inflation rate rose by 2.2 percent, Millsaps said.
“So we have to deal with the fact that while we haven’t had pay raises for four or five years, every other cost keeps going up, so it’s how do you maintain the academic quality of the institution? Yet the Regents are also trying to minimize as much as possible the impact on students,” he said.
While the state provides about 50 percent of the cost of instructing in-state students, tuition makes up the other half, Millsaps said.