Could we see a 77 percent tuition hike at public colleges?

A week ago, we sat down with UGA president Michael Adams who was concerned about the ongoing hits to higher education in the state budget. His main concern was losing good faculty members to competing schools because of an inability to come up with counter offers. (He said some interesting things about the disparity in high school quality in the state, but I will write that up later.)

But his boss was at the Legislature today with even more dire warnings: It would take a 77 percent tuition increase at Georgia’s colleges and universities to meet the demand for a $385 million cut in the state’s higher education system budget, said Chancellor Erroll Davis.

That was not what lawmakers wanted to hear. They did not want Davis to tell them that the system could not sustain many more cuts or find any real money outside of raising tuition through the roof. “We are in a budget crisis,” state Sen. Seth Harp (R-Midland) told him. “We have got to cut another $200 to $300 million out of your budget. Please, prioritize where those cuts will come or we will do it blindly.”

Lawmakers threw out ideas for how the system could save money, but those cuts would not produce nearly enough in savings.  For example, state Rep. Bob Lane (R-Statesboro) asked how much a 1 percent salary cut would save the system. Davis couldn’t answer, but my AJC colleagues checked and found out that a 1 percent cut to the systems’ teaching budget, the overwhelming majority of which goes to salaries, would save $19 million.

It seems the writing is on the wall for a tuition hike. In our visit, Adams noted that Georgia still is considered a great deal in public college tuition, and there is a fair argument for raising it.

A tuition hike at UGA is really a new burden on lottery dollars since so many Athens students are HOPE Scholarship recipients. The lottery folks already have warned of problems meeting demand, so that seems to point to a collision course between supply and demand.

Not sure how this is going to end, but I would suggest that college students start giving up those weekly Starbucks double shots and the iTune purchases. A tuition hike seems apparent unless lawmakers consider raising taxes or “fees” on something somewhere. (I still vote for the cigarette tax.)

Are you ready?

102 comments Add your comment

DeKalb Conservative

February 24th, 2010
3:49 pm

Cigarette tax? That taxes the poorest of the poor. Plus by further taxing it, you’ll get less of it (consumption of cigarettes), which will mean you’ll end up with even less money.

Why not tax organic foods?

Maureen Downey

February 24th, 2010
3:58 pm

DeKalb Conservative, Sure, but I doubt an organic food tax would produce anywhere near the revenue of a cigarette tax. Maureen

Norman

February 24th, 2010
4:12 pm

How about having pari mutuel gambling (horse racing) to raise additional revenue? I know the response will be that it will take away money from lottery funds. But it seems that Florida is doing just fine with a lottery and horse racing.

Sick&Tired

February 24th, 2010
4:18 pm

Just for Laughs

No, organic food is a good thing. We need more people to buy it. I would say put a tax on Red Meat, it’s bad for you.

I would suggest a tax on (restaurants, movies and gyms) to be used for educational purposes. I think we would earn more money in that area than if we raised cigarette tax.

DeKalb Conservative

February 24th, 2010
4:35 pm

Fair point, but I figured this was more about control over a consumer purchasing decision than actual tax generation. Second idea, since the 400 tolls are paid for, take a portion of that money. Third idea is a tempoary surcharge on all adult entertainment complexes and lap dances. Figured the group would at least find humor in that once, since most of the girls there are all “students trying to dance there way through college”

DeKalb Conservative

February 24th, 2010
4:37 pm

@ Sick&Tired

You can’t knock the organic food idea and then suggest taxes gyms. Aren’t gyms good things too?

DeKalb Conservative

February 24th, 2010
4:39 pm

How about this as a REALLY crazy idea-

$2.00 toll per car / $5.00 per truck for vechicles entering GA along I-95. NH and DE are quite effective with this along I-95

Now I'm just amused

February 24th, 2010
4:45 pm

Good for the chancellor. You have to pay for education: it costs money, lots of money of you want to do it right.

Why do those clowns and incompetents in the legislature think that tax cuts are always the answer to every problem?

high school teacher

February 24th, 2010
4:48 pm

Surely colleges can find waysto cut without raising tuition 77%. At this rate, I won’t be able to afford to put my kids through school – my pay is being cut, and HOPE won’t be around when my oldest needs it in 9 years – it will be drained dry.

retired

February 24th, 2010
5:34 pm

There really seems to be no good answer. Taxes will be raised some. Tuition will go up, as will fees. One idea to help students is to provide more on campus jobs to help them earn money. I spent four years working for the history department to off-set my college expenses. I did a lot of answering mail, filing, etc. Students may have to take more time to graduate and work more part time jobs. My parents could not pay my expenses and my dad maid too much for me to qualify for state aid. A private school was a better choice and I got a great education. Financial aid is more available.

Tony

February 24th, 2010
5:40 pm

Why is it that a college education is migrating into the entitlement arena? I know college costs a lot, but it sure is worth every penny. I was able to pay for my private college education and am now paying for my two children to go to college. College should not be free or too easy for students to pay for it. They will not value the time they put in.

Ole Guy

February 24th, 2010
6:03 pm

All these quick-fixes do is 1) piss people off, and 2) strangle education consumption, thereby rendering any long-term revenue gains moot. Anything these damn people do is destined to achieve minimal gain at max cost to the public. It is ONLY, I repeat, ONLY when the public sees evidence of “participatory pain”, on the part of those who come up with these idiotic schemes that we just might see some meaningful results. What do I mean by “participatory pain”? :

* Our educational elites do not need to go on a tax-funded junket to La La Land so that they can come away from said junket any better-prepared to serve those who (involuntarily) pay for such nonesense.

* Teacher furloughs can and should be shared BY ALL who, in one way or another, are a part of their “command structure”. For you non-military types out there, this simply means anyone in the “teacher food chain”…principals, superintendents, chiefs and demi-gods of all ilk who have any impact on front-line teachers.

Without elaborating any further, This entire comment can be summed up in three simple words:

LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE

It is highly disturbing to see Chancellor Davis’ reply to Representative Lane’s question as a simple “Dunno”, particularly when AJC staff was able to arrive at a viable analysis. Could the AJC staff somehow be more capable than the esteemed chancellor, or could it be the esteemed chancellor simply don’t give a damn.

AF

February 24th, 2010
6:09 pm

How about means testing the Hope Scholarships? According to something I read last year (I think it was last year) most lottery money comes from those below the line of the middle class. Most Hope Scholarships go to those above the middle class line.

Means testing the award of hope based on family income seems fair.

Besides, everyone’s state taxes pay for colleges. If a college education again becomes so expensive that only the wealthy can get it, that is like taxing the poor to pay for the education of the rich.

ga

February 24th, 2010
6:18 pm

doesn’t uga have a mansion that no one uses???? I am having a really hard time believing that cuts can’t be made and I don’t believe a 77% increase is necessary. Fire all the chancellors! That’ll save some bucks.

ga

February 24th, 2010
6:18 pm

and I am all for a cigarette tax

Maureen Downey

February 24th, 2010
6:26 pm

Af, As an editorial board, we supported an income cap on HOPE, but few readers agreed. At this point, HOPE is an expectation that I don’t think can easily be limited by income. (HOPE began with a cap way back when. I believe the income limit was $66,000 or so when Zell Miller introduced it.)
Maureen

the prof

February 24th, 2010
6:45 pm

Sorry Maureen, but you and your editorial board are dead wrong about the income cap for HOPE. Why make it another giveaway when it should be EARNED. Take a simple standardized test and award HOPE based on scores.

OvenBaked

February 24th, 2010
6:46 pm

There will be an increase forever and ever. Amen. Nothing is stopping it and no one really cares as long as big money is being made off of college stupids.

Maureen Downey

February 24th, 2010
7:00 pm

@The prof, We can use HOPE for one of two things: To determine whether kids go to college or to determine where they go to college. Since the entire state benefits from every college graduate, it is a better investment of state dollars to send more kids to college rather than influence where they go. (In-state versus out-of-state.) It doesn’t make economic sense to pay for kids who would have gone to college anyway, if you are concerned about how best to deploy scarce resources.
Maureen

Hey, it's Enrico Pallazzo!

February 24th, 2010
8:06 pm

Instead of a B average for access to the HOPE scholarship, make it a 90 and above (encourge competition among the high school students) and then lower the out of state tuition by 20% (isn’t that the way to encourage growth (tax give-a ways)), and reap the rewards.

Hey, it's Enrico Pallazzo!

February 24th, 2010
8:53 pm

Maureen, I am all for continuing education but I think you are wrong on the HOPE scholarship. If we want to encourage high achieving students to stay in state, then we need a policy that encourages high levels of academia. If students are not up to national standards then those students need to go college out of state. We should encourage out of state applicants by giving them a slight reduction in tuition. Most college graduates stay in the state they attended college. Given the current state of affairs in Georgia, it would be best for the state of Georgia if they encouraged and incentivized out of state students.

Concerned Student

February 24th, 2010
10:22 pm

70% is just too much!! Pay cuts for educators seems more realistic, seeing that without students attending there will be no need for the educators. It’s in the hands of the “great” ones we elected, so I hope they make the right decisions!!

Student

February 25th, 2010
1:01 am

Just wondering where the extra funds from the “Super Speeder” fines were going? I think we are punishing the wrong people for a bad economy. I go to school off of student loans. Without that I can’t go to school because the FAFSA is already UNFAIR. Cant we raise tax on cigs. and Alcohol? Or even cut from somewhere else? I think the education system already needs an improvement,, We are what number on the list of education quality? like 46th?? I dunno, Cute somewhere else dont punish students AND educators! I’m so OVER this iTS CRAZY…

jim d

February 25th, 2010
4:59 am

one penny per gallon

Bill

February 25th, 2010
7:54 am

Tony, I am glad you have been able to pay for private education. The public education system however has a different mission. Public universities in this and other states were begun to provide broad access to higher education. I don’t think anyone is arguing that college should be free (although one might), the argument is that higher cost restricts access, and that flies in the face of their mission.

Jim D. How about 50 cents.

Ronin

February 25th, 2010
8:04 am

All of the issues of college costs and current k-12 budget for local schools appears to point to the same problem, education in the State GA is broken. The cost of a college education has out stripped inflation by double digit numbers, yet most people keep taking out loans to obtain a college degree.
Never mind that you start out 100k in debt, you have a degree from Hobokin University.

The sad fact is the “higher education” system and government has convinced employers of the need for a college degree. Case in point, the elementary school teacher who has her Phd to teach first grade. Many, not all positions in England or other areas of Europe start workers on an apprentice program, they may work for years as a jr. accountant or underwriter then advance, some of which to the CEO level of major companies. Under our current structure, without a “college degree”, these people would not even receive an interview for an entry level job.

Lawyers? 20 years ago, in the state of GA, you could clerk for a Judge for a number of years and then sit for the bar exam, pass it, the bingo, you’re a lawyer. The ABA hated the lack of control and quashed that program.

True, certain professions require high level training, medicine, engineering and a few others, but the vast majority of college degrees the student can obtain the same information by reading two or three dozen books off the shelf of the library. Geez people, it’s not magic, just turn off American Idol and start reading books.

Good luck on relying on the legislature and the educational bureaucrats on fixing the problem.
NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

blackbird13

February 25th, 2010
8:16 am

How about this compromise on HOPE: Raise required GPA out of high school to 3.25 and means test on GPAs below 4.0. Those A students would continue to qualify regardless of income.

mystery poster

February 25th, 2010
8:38 am

My answer for the HOPE scholarship is to make it revert to a loan if students don’t earn a degree within a set amount of time, say 5 years. There are a lot of students who go to college on the HOPE, lose it, then drop out. What’s wrong with having them pay for that year of tuition?

James

February 25th, 2010
9:24 am

Get rid of the “B average” requirement on hope and make it based on SAT scores instead. All the “B average” has done is create grade inflation so that we send kids to school on a HOPE scholarship that end up taking remedial classes and eventually lose their HOPE status.

JacketFan

February 25th, 2010
9:29 am

Ok, I feel obligated to chime in here as a faculty member working in the USG system. First, you start cutting salaries that are already dismally low for a majority of professors who already teach more for less, then you are going to see those professors moving on to other states where higher education is a bit more respected – we have options.

I think one issue is the general opinion that ALL academics are overpaid intellectuals who teach one or two classes a year and shuffle off the bulk of their teaching duties to graduate assistants. That is just NOT the case. Yes, at R1 institutions like UGA, GT, and GStateU, there are graduate assistants – however, the number of those graduate assistants depends on department and funding. Furthermore, the only profs with any significant access to such GAs are those who are at the Associate or Full Professor rank and who bring in boucoup research dollars. For the most part, instructors, assistant professors and the majority of associate profs at the R1s are teaching 3-4 courses per semester while also required to publish (or perish). These folks are paid fairly well, but they are not representative of the faculty base in higher education (and their contributions in their various fields, have earned the money they are receiving – this is how tenure works. If they aren’t earning it, they get passed over).

Now, the rest of us (the majority) are working in the lower-tier universities, state colleges and two-year institutions. We are teaching 4-5 classes/semester, without any graduate assistants and are making significantly less than some middle grades/secondary education teachers. We are also required to publish (professional development). Most of us are teaching-centered, but we also have a desire to further develop our particular disciplines through research. Most of us are in student-aid debt (unlike some of our counterparts in education, who can get the bill for graduate degrees picked up by the state). Many of us are PhDs earning well under what many in the education system earn with master degrees (as much as $30,000 less). All of us are required to fulfill other duties as tenure-track and full time profs, including student advisement, service to the college, community engagement and professional development (see above). Some of us are asked to teach on Saturdays and Sundays or late (until 10:30) courses. We are asked to take on “extra” courses (especially at the open enrollment institutions like Georgia Perimeter) for peanuts more.

We don’t do this because we have no other choice. Many of us are “homers,” who love our state and teach here so that we can be close to our families. However, we do have options and are capable of leaving for greener pastures in more education-friendly states. I’m not advocating tuition hikes either. Students are already paying a great deal and are getting less for their dollar with every hiring freeze and furlough day the USG tacks on.

What needs to happen is that the people of Georgia need to make some decisions. They need to answer some very important questions: What price to you put on education? How important is it to provide your children with the best possible education? What is more important; a short-term inconvenience in the form of some kind of tax hike, or increasing the state’s educated workforce? Are we ready to really invest in the future of our state’s economic development? Tough times, tough choices, right? Except, who is being affected by the choices? Right now, it seems they are trained on two groups – educators and students – who carry the burden of Georgia’s future. That just doesn’t seem right, does it?

JacketFan

February 25th, 2010
9:29 am

Maureen – I’m getting filtered

James

February 25th, 2010
9:44 am

Large state universities in Georgia have virtually no competition in the marketplace. They can effectively raise tuition there without any fear of losing customers because their customers do not feel like they are paying anything for the product. HOPE kids are not paying tuition at all, and non-HOPE students are generally getting grants or education loans (that they may or may not ever pay back) so the tuition is really meaningless to them. The kids taking out educational loans will realize how much school cost 5 or 6 years down the road when they start paying for it.

Therefore the University doesn’t care how much they raise tuition; or even the concept of “cutting costs” – why should they? They can just raise tuition – nobody cares.

Husband of a teacher

February 25th, 2010
9:45 am

My wife “currently” teaches kindergarten and I get sick of the state cutting pay, mandating furlough days or keeping her worried if she will have a job or not. She graduated from UGA then attended a local university to get her masters degree. She received a merit raise for the masters degree only to have it taken away last year with education cuts. Now she faces furlough days and the day to day guessing of who will be on the chopping block next. As someone on the outside looking in, it is amazing the first thing the general population complains about is education, but it seems like the first thing that suffers from cuts. I’m telling you now if the cuts keep coming you will have out of work fast food or mall employees teaching your kids. (I’m not bashing fast food or mall workers, I’m saying that we keep getting closer and closer to not caring about whether our teachers are trained to teach.) Our kids will be the ones that suffer.

I also attended UGA and my parents paid for my education, some how. I love the idea of the HOPE scholarship. Let us not forget that “ZELL YES” , who I like, sold us the lottery on that basis so let’s not change the rules now. We have three kids that we will put through school some how. Raising tuition costs or cutting teacher pay is not the answer for budget short-falls! It’s definitely not the smart thing, it’s the easy thing. I do not have the answer but that is why we have elected officials and faculty administrators. Both of which will have short tenures if we continue on the current path.

Our politicians and administrators do not have to “reinvent the wheel” when it comes to education. Just look around at other countries that are having success such as Finland. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Finland ) Cuts in pay and hikes in taxes are the easy way, let’s try something that requires effort and scholarly thinking.

I was born and raised in GA and when I was younger I thought I knew everything. I realize now that if you move out of your comfort zone and try things that seem “wierd” that you may just learn a better ways to do things.

Think about this quote:
“The teachers are respected; high talent is attracted into teaching; it is considered to be one of the most important professions.”

-Finnish Prime Minister, Matti Vanhanen
Do we have this attitude toward our educational system or our teachers?

JustAnotherGeorgian

February 25th, 2010
9:59 am

JacketFan, you’re spot-on. The elitist academics that so many people are upset about are a tiny percentage of the state’s faculty, and they DO bring in dollars to the system because of how elite they are. The other part that people are missing is that enrollment has been growing through the roof. Yes college costs are going up faster than inflation, but that’s because we’re teaching more students. It’s like complaining that the cost of 2 gallons of milk today is higher than the cost of 1 gallon last year.

The end is this… our state colleges are already underfunded and continue to have their budgets cut. You can only “do more with less” to a certain point, and then you simply have to do less. If government would figure that simple math out, maybe the country wouldn’t be in the mess it is.

So I pose the same questions to the citizens of Georgia that you do, but I add a few more…

1) Do you want affordable, quality education available if you lose your job?
2) Do you want a University System that attracts businesses (and therefore jobs) to our state?
3) Are you willing to get off the sofa and tell your representatives to pay for it?

JacketFan

February 25th, 2010
10:02 am

JustAnotherGeorgian – just to add some support to your post. This year, Georgia Perimeter College had a record-breaking enrollment … 25,000 students. That’s the third highest student population in the state and GPC is a two-year college. Next year, GPC is looking at 28,000 students. It’s like triage over there.

James

February 25th, 2010
10:59 am

@JustAnotherGeorgian – some of your examples are bad.
“college costs are going up faster than inflation, but that’s because we’re teaching more students.”

No that’s not why. If teaching a student costs on average $x then each year it should normally go up by the same amount as inflation. The economies of scale would normally make the costs go DOWN as you teach more students each year because overhead costs for a 300 seat teaching amphitheater do not change regardless of if you have 100 students or 300 students in it.

“It’s like complaining that the cost of 2 gallons of milk today is higher than the cost of 1 gallon last year.”

Again; that’s not the complaint that we have. It’s that tuition costs have gone up faster than inflation.

>1) Do you want affordable, quality education available if you lose your job?
You mean, do I want to pay MORE in taxes so that unemployed people can go to school for free? To be sure, education is ALWAYS a good cause that I support. More taxes is not something I ever support.

>2) Do you want a University System that attracts businesses (and therefore jobs) to our state?
sure. But would higher taxes attract more business?

>3) Are you willing to get off the sofa and tell your representatives to pay for it?
I’m willing to get off my sofa and tell my representative to find ways to cut taxes. Period. Find government services to cut, find government spending to cut.

mystery poster

February 25th, 2010
11:41 am

But on a much more important note:
Should we make the chicken the state bird?

Husband of a teacher

February 25th, 2010
11:49 am

FYI per http://www.atlantaunfiltered.com/2009/07/14/michael-f-adams-631922/

Michael F. Adams, University of Georgia president: $631,922 salary
July 14, 2009 —
President, University of Georgia, FY 2008 salary and benefits. Adams also collected $16,090 for expenses from the university and two foundations supporting it, tax records show.
—————————–

The average k-12 teacher salary in Georgia is $48,300 and getting smaller day by day. We personally spend about $2000 per year out of our pocket for needed supplies. The teachers run out of paper on a daily basis. Paper for God sake!

There is a desparity in the country that we live in when we give a man $110 million dollars to play golf or $45 million dollars to play basketball and yet we struggle to find a better way to fund our education system.

Maybe we could get Tiger or Kobe to donate us the $200 million to help them with their PR. Or maybe we could get the UGA atheletic department to take over Adams’ job. They have no trouble raising money. Go Dawgs!

Bryan

February 25th, 2010
12:12 pm

To James: Do you think the fact that legislators who will not raise taxes under any circumstances have consistently cut the percentage of funds given to the USG has anything to do with rising tuition (note that by percentage here I mean the percentage of the USG budget that comes directly from the legislature, a percentage that has been dropping for years)? Don’t get me wrong, this is the case in most other states, as well. Moreover, if you think it is bad now, wait to fiscal 2012 when stimulus dollars go away. One way our legislators balanced the books without raising taxes was to remove an amount from their allocations to the USG equivalent to what the system got in stimulus dollars. Before we discuss tax revenue in fiscal 2012, the system will be down another $140 million, which represents a percentage of the USG budget much higher than the current rate of inflation.

Mjordan

February 25th, 2010
12:20 pm

The State of Georgia never learns. I have been in higher ed for thirty years and this is the same things we heard in the late 70’s and 80’s. When ever there is an economic down turn the taxes dollars to fund education go down and at the same time the number of students attending college goes up. So when times were good what does the State of Georgia do….they spend it all…every year, every penny with out a thought of what might happen down the road. We have such short memories. In a very years (I hope) when things improve and tax revenues are back up and every thing looks wonderful again, we will turn around and do the same thing again. Like I said the politicians never learn.

Jonathan

February 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

Tax Tax Tax…Look at all the new buildings being built. Every school I looked at had millions and millions committed to new buildings. Why all of a sudden do all the schools need new buildings? Does anyone ever think to save for a rainy day. Why not control expenses, reduce costs, improve the quality of the education, not the facilities. We Americans can not longer think to solve constricted parameter problem, we only know to ask for more money. taxing the public to pay for something keeps the public from spending, which then causes new problems. Makes me sick.

Cora in Roswell

February 25th, 2010
12:44 pm

A little history…
The original intent of the HOPE scholarship was to increase the Participation Rate of college attendance in Georgia. (A greater % of GA 18 year olds would attend college.) The thinking at the time was that there existed vast numbers of economically-disadvantaged but academically-qualified 18 year old Georgians who were not attending college because they couldn’t afford to.
Several years later, studies showed something quite surprising. Rather than increasing the participation rate of college attendance, the HOPE scholarship seemed to be having a great effect on car sales. Why? Parents who had been putting away money for college were now offering it to their college-bound children to purchase cars – on the condition they attend college IN STATE and take advantage of HOPE. These students would have gone to college anyway, but were staying in Georgia, rather than going out of state. A further effect was that colleges in border states (AL, TN, SC) began to offer academically-qualified Georgia students IN-STATE tuition to attempt to lure them back.
So college attendance in Georgia has soared, partly due to the baby boomlet of 1989-92 (boomers’ last chance at baby-making), and partly because of HOPE. Combine these with a loss in state revenue and you’ve got crowded classrooms, a decrease in course offerings, and faculty with less time to advise. Yes it may now take longer to graduate, but what jobs are waiting for graduates anyway? And don’t forget the 4 year graduation rates of many Georgia colleges was not very high PRIOR to the economic downturn (less than 50%)
My son is currently benefitting from the HOPE scholarship and selfishly, I don’t want anyone tinkering with it. It is still the envy of parents in every state. And while it is not accomplishing what it was intended to, is it so bad that Georgia is keeping our best students in-state, where they are likely to remain after graduation? This fact should not be lost on companies who consider relocating to Georgia.

charlierobert

February 25th, 2010
12:47 pm

All state universities impose a large fee for out of state students. Why not add an additional charge — say, $1,000 per semester — for students who are foreign nationals?

JT

February 25th, 2010
1:00 pm

CUT SPENDING….look at the Red & Black’s article on teachers’ salaries. $300k for an accounting professor? Are you kidding me?
http://www.redandblack.com/2010/02/08/pay-day-eighteen-of-the-20-highest-paid-univ-employees-received-raises-in-2009/

GTdad

February 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

Being a teacher, I see no other way than to close all the colleges and schools until we can afford them. 77% increase in tuition, and cutting my days at work. It’s got to be the new math that we are teaching in high schools today.

Jason

February 25th, 2010
1:10 pm

As a current student in the USG I am seeing these “temporary” institution fees being spent first hand. If you were to walk into a current university all you would see is 42 inch and larger HDTV flat panel tv’s. At my school, Southern Polytechnic, in our Student Center I can not count how many of these tv’s have been mounted within the past year, most of which are never used. We had a Frisbee Golf course put on campus, which I’ve never seen used, over the summer. The frivolous spending needs to stop! HDTV’s are not needed in every classroom, at least not right now since we can’t afford them. I would love to sit down with Erroll Davis and go over the budget with him. The problem with the USG is the politics and people not thinking about the problems logically but rather the Democrat way, raise taxes! Of course in this situation, it’s tuition. I’m just glad I will be graduating this summer.

why not

February 25th, 2010
1:12 pm

If you get government regulation out of higher education, you can slash prices by about 30% according to some studies. Why not start there?

Level Playing Field

February 25th, 2010
1:14 pm

I’m perfectly happy to have tuition at government colleges go up by 77%. This puts them on more equal footing with privates which receive no direct state govt subsidies. And if tuition hikes cause HOPE problems then all the better b/c it should be a flat amount per student rather than a payment tilted in favor of govt run colleges.

mystery poster

February 25th, 2010
1:16 pm

@Cora:
I don’t believe that the main idea of the HOPE was to help economically disadvantaged students attend college. They would have made it income-dependent if that was the case.

It was to prevent a “brain drain,” the best and brightest going elsewhere to college and eventually settling there.

My son is also benefiting from the scholarship right now and I don’t want them to mess with it, either.

tax-tax-tax

February 25th, 2010
1:19 pm

all this talk about taxing. Why not cut some non essential services from the budget to fund the things government was supposed to do from the beginning, like schools. The governor talked about goverment 2.0. I want it now. Don’t just cut the “waste”, cut everything that isn’t specifically the job of the government. Revamp the tax code and lets have the recovery start in GA!