DALTON–(April 18)–The Georgia Board of Regents Tuesday approved a 2 percent tuition increase for Dalton State College for fiscal year 2018. Tuition and mandatory fees for an in-state student taking 15 credit hours at Dalton State will rise $48 per semester from $2,058 this year to $2,106 next year. Included is a modest increase in the school’s athletic fee which will rise from $83 per student per semester to $100.
Out-of-state tuition will rise from $5,661 for 15 semester hours to $5,774.
The modest increase follows a year when tuition rates were not raised at all by the BOR, and Dalton State’s fees increased by only $30 a semester to fund a new student health center.
“With the generous support of the governor and legislature, we continue to focus on college affordability, while providing quality education,” said Steve Wrigley, chancellor of the University System of Georgia. “Keeping tuition increases to a minimum allows the University System to provide a quality education balanced with the critical need to keep public higher education affordable.”
“We believe the rich educational experience we offer our students is an outstanding value given our low tuition and fees,” said Dalton State President Dr. Margaret Venable. “We take our access mission very seriously and work hard to keep high quality college education within the economic grasp of families in the northwest Georgia region.”
The USG continues to offer some of the lowest tuition rates among peer state public higher education systems. Out of the 16 states that make up the Southern Regional Education Board, the USG has now become the sixth lowest state in tuition and fees for four-year institutions.
In addition, the USG will cut its online core curriculum (e-Core) tuition rate from $169 per credit hour to $159 for FY18. The University System also provides free, open-source, online e-textbooks through the Affordable Learning Georgia initiative. Last year the USG was ranked by national publisher Open Stax at Rice University as number one in the nation of any school or school system for saving students the most money by providing free textbooks worth more than $3.5 million in 2016.
For the past five years, Dalton State has been named among the country’s most affordable four-year colleges by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center.