Fall 2009 per-credit-hour tuition will remain the same for KSU students

Regents also allocate $19 million in funding for new science lab addition at KSU

Georgia (Apr 15, 2009) — Fall 2009 per-credit-hour tuition will remain the same for KSU students



Fall 2009 per−credit−hour tuition will remain the same for KSU students
Regents also allocate $19 million in funding for new science lab addition at KSU

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 15‚ 2009) — Kennesaw State University’s tuition rates have been established for the 2009−2010 academic year‚ and students should welcome the good news that the per−credit hour tuition is not slated to increase this fall.

The new tuition rates were set Tuesday by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia at their April meeting‚ during which the governing body approved an overall package of tuition and fees for the state’s 35 public colleges and universities.

The regents determined that KSU’s per−credit−hour tuition of $134 would remain frozen for fall 2009‚ in response to the current economic climate that USG students are facing. Both new and returning KSU students –– including those on the USG’s “Fixed for Four” tuition plan –– will pay the same credit−hour tuition rate that was charged to attend the university during the 2008−2009 academic year. However‚ the USG’s “Fixed for Four” –– or Guaranteed Tuition Plan (GTP) –– will be phased out beginning this year for all new incoming and transfer students.

“The Board of Regents recognizes the tough economic climate Georgians face‚ and they have responded by holding the line as much as possible on tuition increases‚” said KSU President Dan Papp. “Freezing the per−credit−hour rate and minimizing the full−time rate increase will greatly assist our students in meeting the cost of attendance.”

While the per−credit−hour tuition at KSU will remain the same‚ the regents changed the number of credits needed to enroll at the “full−time tuition rate” at all USG institutions –– which now moves to 15 credit hours from the present 12. This move is aimed at accelerating full−time USG students’ progression toward graduation‚ encouraging them to complete their degree programs on time in four years.

Students not presently enrolled under the USG’s guaranteed tuition plan now will pay the per−credit−hour rate for all classes taken up to 15 hours. Previously‚ KSU students were only required to pay for a maximum of 12 hours at the per−credit rate before being allowed to pay the full−time rate‚ which last year was $1‚598 at KSU. Under the new policy‚ students will be required to pay the $134 KSU credit−hour rate for up to a maximum of 15 hours before being allowed to pay the new full−time rate of $1‚998 for 15 or more credits.

Students who currently fall under the USG’s “Fixed for Four” program will not be affected by this change‚ as the Board of Regents committed to honoring the tuition plans of all students currently enrolled in the guaranteed tuition plan. The GTP was implemented by the Board of Regents in fall 2006 to allow incoming freshmen to lock in tuition rates for four consecutive years as a means of assisting Georgia families with the cost of college attendance. However‚ the board can no longer freeze the tuition of incoming students for four years due to declining state revenues and budget cuts.

Both the University System’s $275.6 million budget reduction for the upcoming fiscal year‚ combined with evidence that the guaranteed tuition program has not resulted in an anticipated increase of students who graduate in four years‚ were cited as reasons for the board’s decision to discontinue the program.

In addition to setting the tuition policy for the next academic year‚ the regents voted to continue a mandatory institutional fee‚ first assessed in spring 2009‚ to help offset budget reductions. All USG students will pay $50‚ $75 or $100 per semester‚ depending on their mission. Kennesaw State students will be assessed at the $100 rate.

As part of their overall Fiscal Year 2010 USG budget‚ the regents also approved $19 million in capital construction monies for KSU. The funds will allow the construction of the $21 million College of Science and Mathematics’ new laboratory sciences building addition. This will be a 54‚000−square−foot‚ four−story structure with 14 instructional labs‚ 12 project and research labs‚ and staff offices. The new addition will provide lab and classroom space for KSU’s math‚ science and technology students‚ permit KSU students to pursue applied research with faculty‚ and support Georgia's rapidly growing biotechnology and biomedical industries.

The KSU science lab addition is one of several projects in the Board of Regents’ capital construction budget which totals $369 million — a major part of the USG’s comprehensive $2.17 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2010 also approved by the regents yesterday –– and is subject to the final approval of Gov. Sonny Perdue.

For more information on Fiscal Year 2010 tuition rates‚ go to:

University System of Georgia’s tuition Web site:


Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu