Regents OK 2.5% hike for KSU, SPSU
by Jon Gillooly
jgillooly@mdjonline.com
April 17, 2013 12:21 AM | 2463 views | 6 6 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Tuition is rising 2.5 percent this fall for students at Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University.

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.
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April 17, 2013
Hey hOWL,

SPSU doesn't have football and their rates went up too, so give it a rest.

I don't understand why, in an area of the country that is certifiably football crazy so many people seem anti football at KSU.

Remember, KSU is the 3rd (soon to be second) largest university in the state.

Hey MDJ...if you want to do a story about how expensive college is, do a story on the crazy high prices for text books.
hOWL
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April 17, 2013
Well somebody has to pay for the new football. It's not as if they'll be able to participate in payday games to get beat down by a big name team for a $million until at least 5 years into a season that starts in 2 years!
Kennesaw Resident
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April 17, 2013
@hOWL, I'm not so sure the funding is going to pay for the new football. Football should pay for itself. My concern is that students are being hit up to fill a nearly $225 million gap in the state's Medicaid funding. Follow the money!
FROM TEXAS
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April 17, 2013
You need to do a story about how students are ripped off by the college system, if you’re living at home going to school you have to buy a meal plan. Any lower income family trying to send their kids to college shouldn’t be ripped off in this way. I’m told if you have a dorm room you have to also buy a meal plan sounds like these students need to talk to their legislators and do some protest; you’re the ones that’s going to be left with all the bills in the end.
Kennesaw Resident
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April 17, 2013
@ FROM TEXAS, I suspect that the students are "being taxed" to support other state programs. See my comment above about the $225 Medicaid shortfall. Our Georgia legislators are asking students to borrow money to make up for shortfalls in other state programs.
Bob Bummer
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April 17, 2013
Sounds like the same way telecommunication providers bundle their services.
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