The Board of Regents (BOR) voted recently to increase tuition rates of all but the largest Georgia colleges and universities by only 2.5 percent, the smallest increase since fiscal year 2003. For full-time Georgia students at Dalton State, that means an increase of $35 per semester, from $1,388 to $1,423. Tuition for out-of-state students will increase $128 per semester, from $5,129 to $5,257.
“As an access institution, it is essential for us to keep our tuition and fees as low as they can be while still providing the level of service that our students and their families expect of us,” said Dalton State president John O. Schwenn, PhD.
All student fees at Dalton State will remain the same as last year with the exception of a new $20 fee assessed for transportation.
According to Scott Bailey, vice president for fiscal affairs, that fee will be used to provide transportation for students going to and from the main campus to off-campus parking facilities, as well as to help lease those facilities. A portion of the fee will be used to purchase two new 12-passenger vans over the next two years for student transportation; these vehicles will replace existing vans that are nearing the end of their useful lives. In addition, transportation fee funds will be used for public safety expenses associated with campus parking and to repair and enhance current parking lots on campus.
Total fees for Dalton State will be $443 for the semester, among the lowest in the state college sector and far below the fees levied by larger schools, according to the media release.
In other action, the BOR approved the University System of Georgia (USG) budget and state appropriations for fiscal year 2013 of $1.8 billion, which represents an increase of $89.6 million, or 5.16 percent from the current year.
The Georgia General Assembly, according to USG vice chancellor for fiscal affairs John Brown, funded $72.5 million for enrollment growth and increases in costs to current employee and retiree health benefit programs. The strong support of the governor and legislators in restoring funds to the university system provided the foundation to minimize tuition increases, he said. Dalton State administrators are assessing the impact of the restored funding to operations at the college.
In other action today, the board approved the construction of Dalton State’s $15 million academic building, funding for which was approved by the General Assembly last month. The USG’s $315.8 million capital budget provides funding for equipment for new buildings, construction and maintenance and repair and renovation of existing USG buildings.