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Students happy over tuition freeze

Many students in the University System of Georgia are happy to know that tuition will not increase in the 2018-2019 school year. / Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

Many students in the University System of Georgia are happy to know that tuition will not increase in the 2018-2019 school year.

The Board of Regents approved to keep the current tuition amount that has been applied to the 2017-2018 school year.

"We are grateful to Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly for their consistent support of public higher education in Georgia,” Chancellor Steve Wrigley said. “We also recognize the critical need to keep our institutions affordable for students while providing a quality education. The board’s decision today maintains our commitment to keeping tuition increases to a minimum.”

In the past five years, tuition increased annually at a rate of 1.8 percent.

Students were tired of the constant increase, and they are happy that more money won't be coming out of their pockets.

"That's less money for me to pay," Cedrick Knight, ASU student, said. "I'm not here on a scholarship. I'm here by choice. This benefits me and other students at Albany State University."

The University System of Georgia's tuition rate is the sixth lowest for four-year institutions in the Southern Regional Board of Education. The SRBE consists of 16 surrounding states.

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