Middle Georgia State College will remain one of the state's most affordable places to earn a bachelor's degree, even after a 2.5 percent tuition increase kicks in.
The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents kept increases for the 2014-2015 academic year to 2.5 percent at most institutions, including Middle Georgia State. By comparison, targeted increases at the state's four research universities range from 4 percent to 9 percent. University System officials said the new rates maintain the needed balance of state funding covering 50 percent of the cost of instruction and tuition the remaining 50 percent.
Middle Georgia State's in-state tuition for entering freshmen will increase from $1,459 per semester for a full course load to $1,495. Adding in all fees, a full-time freshman this fall will pay a total of $2,061.
"Middle Georgia State continues to be an exceptional value," said Dr. Christopher Blake, the college's president. "Georgia residents who want to earn a degree at a state institution are fortunate to have a wide range of options, and a real strength of one of those options - four-year state colleges like us - is a student's ability to get a high-quality bachelor's degree at a tuition rate that is reasonable and offers great return."
A full-time student beginning his or her studies this fall at Middle Georgia State would pay a grand total of $16,769 in tuition and all fees to earn a bachelor's degree. This assumes the student attends full-time for two semesters per year for four years and that tuition increases 2.5 percent each year between now and FY 2018. (The Board of Regents would determine tuition increases, if any, over that time span.)
In the U.S., the average debt load for the class of 2012 was $29,400, according to the Institute for College Access & Success' Project on Student Debt.
Affordability is one of the most oft-cited reasons students give for enrolling at Middle Georgia State:
"I originally hoped to go to a larger school outside of the Middle Georgia region, but financial obstacles came up. So I came here with plans of transferring after a year or two. But after one year, it's almost impossible to see myself anywhere else. The low cost, sense of community among students and the wonderful faculty and staff are more than enough to convince me to stay until I graduate." - Fred Baker, psychology major.
“Originally, I chose Middle Georgia State College because it had the best price and the best location. When I started as a freshman I had just turned 17, and it made sense to stay close to home. MGSC gave me the opportunity to do that without sacrificing a great education.” - Nadine Epperson, new media major.
“Middle Georgia State worked out perfectly for me. Having graduated high school with limited transportation, it was beneficial to have an affordable college in my hometown." - Tyler Horne, new media major.
Middle Georgia State offers 17 bachelor’s degrees with a variety of concentrations and majors, as well as associate’s degrees and a limited number of certificates, the latter mostly through the School of Aviation.
Middle Georgia State has campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman and Warner Robins: www.mga.edu
USG news release on new tuition rates.