Tuition cap raised at state technical colleges
State merges the administrations of 13 colleges into 6 colleges
Of the remaining third, many will see the extra cost covered by the HOPE grant.
Less than 10 percent of the TCSG’s quarterly enrollment, or approximately 9,000 students, will incur the additional out-of-pocket expense.
The increase will take effect beginning with the Winter Quarter 2009. It is expected to generate an extra $10 million annually for the technical college system.
Despite the credit hour increase for some students, the cost of a Georgia technical college education remains among the lowest in the nation, and most of those costs are paid for under the Georgia HOPE and federal Pell grants.
In other business, the state board of the Technical College System of Georgia voted recently to reaffirm the system’s plan to will merge the administrations of 13 of the state’s 33 state technical colleges.
The 13 colleges will become six colleges on July 1, 2009.
“The administrative mergers mean more efficient use of college resources, greater cost-effectiveness in how we administer the campuses and improved opportunities for our first priority, which is always our students,” said TCSG Board Chairman Carl Swearingen. “This transformation is vitally important if we are to build the strong and talented workforce that Georgia needs to compete in the 21st Century global economy.”
The board’s vote follows a decision made during their November meeting to examine the merger concerns that were raised by a state legislator.
The following technical colleges will be merged under the plan:
• Appalachian Tech, Chattahoochee Tech and North Metro Tech
• Coosa Valley Tech and Northwestern Tech
• East Central Tech and Valdosta Tech
• Flint River Tech and Griffin Tech
• Southeastern Tech and Swainsboro Tech
• West Central Tech and West Georgia Tech
New names for the merged colleges are still to be determined by the combined colleges’ boards of directors.
The TCSG state board also voted today to approve Commissioner Ron Jackson’s selections for the leadership of three of the merged colleges.