Board of Regents sets tuition for 2015 academic year; Kennesaw State’s increase will be 4.4 percent

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KENNESAW, Ga. (April 14, 2015) — The Board of Regents of the University System of…

Georgia (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 hours.
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. 


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