College Tuition on the Rise

University presidents around the Peach State want to raise tuition again one year after a 10 percent raise. Students don't think they can dig much deeper into their pockets.

Leaders of Georgia's public colleges and universities say they need to charge students more money in order to deal with the reduced funding they get from taxpayers.

Research universities like the University of Georgia want a 10 percent increase, while regional universities like Valdosta State are looking for an additional seven and a half percent increase.

Most students say another tuition hike would end up hurting the future of the Peach State.

"For them to increase it, it’s more like saying do you really want your youth to better themselves, because they are already making it tougher to get the HOPE Scholarship and then raise tuition? It’s just ridiculous," says Jessica Davis, a VSU freshman.

"I really think it’s bad for the school because a lot of people come here as a last resort. They don't want higher prices because they stay away from UGA and schools in Atlanta because of higher prices and we don't need them down here," says Sean Mayo, who doesn't agree with the tuition hike.

Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor has spoken out against the plan, saying it would quickly drain the struggling HOPE Scholarship. Students ask if hope is exhausted, how will they pay for class?

Marcus Fugghutt, a VSU sophomore, says, "With the skyrocketing tuition, they still haven't raised the other grants and things of that nature, so how is the average student going to pay for tuition?"

It’s a question many will be asking if the tuition hikes are approved next month. VSU administrators were contacted about this story, but were unavailable for comment.