Regents Decide: Fall 2011 tuition increases by only three percent for Kennesaw State students

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University also receives $18 million in legislative funding to construct Education Building…

Georgia (Apr 20, 2011)

 
KENNESAW, Ga. (April 19, 2011)  — Tuition for Kennesaw State University students will increase by only three percent for the 2011-2012 academic year – much lower than anticipated – based on a vote by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia at its monthly meeting today. The increase impacts all 35 colleges and universities within the USG.
 
KSU students will pay an additional $69 in the upcoming academic year, for a total of $2,367 per semester, based on full-time enrollment of 15 credit hours. The University System of Georgia’s special institutional fee, implemented two years ago in the midst of state budget cuts to preserve academic quality and access, also will increase from $165 to $265 per semester.
 
Tuition, however, will not increase for students on the USG’s guaranteed tuition plan, also known as “Fixed for Four.”
 
“The Board of Regents recognizes the hardship that today’s economic times have had on students and their families, and they have responded with as fair a tuition increase as possible,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “This measured rise in tuition and fees will enable KSU and all of Georgia’s colleges and universities to continue meeting the academic needs of our students while maintaining access and affordability.”
 
Today’s tuition and fees decisions were just one part of today’s agenda for the Board of Regents regarding the University System’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget. According to the regents, FY12 state appropriations to the University System are $1.74 billion, reflecting a reduction of 10.7 percent – a loss of $208 million – from FY11 appropriations.
 
In addition, for the first time, USG institutions will not receive state funding for enrollment growth as part of the funding formula used by the state to fund the Board of Regents.  The result of that decision is that $177 million in FY12 funding was not part of the final budget that was allotted to the Board of Regents by the General Assembly. The absence of funds for enrollment growth, plus the USG’s share of $146 million of the state’s budget reductions, and the elimination of $23 million in federal stimulus funding means the University System’s 35 colleges and universities must absorb a $346 million funding shortfall in FY12.                                                                                                                                                        
 
At its April meeting, the BOR also approved $18 million in bonds to fund the construction of a $20.3 million addition to KSU’s Bagwell College of Education. This 82,900-square-foot education classroom facility will enable KSU to strengthen its leadership role in the preparation of P-12 teachers and educational leaders and accommodate future expansion of the Bagwell College due to rapid enrollment growth. Since 2007, the number of doctoral candidates enrolled in the college has doubled, and undergraduate and graduate student enrollment have increased by 64 percent.
 
The classroom addition project is included in the Board of Regents’ capital construction budget that totals $180.9 million, and is subject to the final approval of Gov. Nathan Deal.
 
In other actions, the Board of Regents also approved three new degree programs for Kennesaw State University, one at the undergraduate level, and two at the master’s degree level. 
 
Additional information on the three new degree programs may be accessed at:
http://web.kennesaw.edu/news/stories/kennesaw-state-offer-two-new-master%E2%80%99s-degrees-new-bachelor%E2%80%99s-degree
 
 
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. 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 23,400 from 142 countries.


 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. 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, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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