Board of Regents sets tuition for 2015 academic year; Kennesaw State’s increase will be 4.4 percent
KENNESAW, Ga. (April 14, 2015) — The Board of Regents of the University System of…
(Apr 14, 2015) —
KENNESAW, Ga. (April 14, 2015) — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) voted at its monthly
meeting today to increase tuition at Kennesaw State University by 4.4 percent for
the 2015-2016 academic year.
Kennesaw State was included by the BOR among 10 USG institutions that will have “varying
tuition rate increases.” Eight of those 10 institutions had percentage increases that
were higher than Kennesaw State’s, ranging from 5 to 9 percent.
Kennesaw State’s 4.4 percent tuition increase resulted from two factors: first, an
increase in tuition of 2.5 percent as occurred at 20 other USG institutions; and second,
a 1.9 percent additional increase to create a “blended tuition rate” to bring tuition
at the university’s Kennesaw campus in line with tuition charged at the Marietta campus.
This occurred because SPSU – now Kennesaw State’s Marietta Campus – formerly charged
a higher tuition than KSU.
The new “blended tuition rate” represents an increase of $111 for those enrolled at
Kennesaw State in Fall 2014, and a $101 decrease for students enrolled at Southern
Polytechnic last year. The Board also voted to increase mandatory student fees at
the new University to $1,003 per semester. In Fall 2014, mandatory fees for Kennesaw
State students were $917, and for Southern Polytechnic students $711.
Thus, students at the newly consolidated university will pay $2,660 per semester in
fall semester 2015 and spring semester 2016, based on full-time enrollment of 15 credit
The Board of Regents announced the decision to combine Kennesaw State and Southern
Polytechnic State University in November 2013, and voted to approve the consolidation
on January 6, 2015, formalizing the “new Kennesaw State University” with campuses
in Kennesaw and Marietta.
According to the Board of Regents, the USG has kept tuition increases as low as possible
for the last three academic years.
“To ensure we can continue to offer quality public higher education, we must continue
to invest in our institutions,” said USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “We have carefully
assessed the tuition rates for our institutions to make sure we are balancing the
increasing costs of providing public higher education while keeping tuition and fees
as affordable as possible.”
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more
than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University
System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000
students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic
State University consolidated to create one of the 50-largest public universities
in the country.
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.