GGC fares well in USG budget decisions

Following last week’s conclusion of the General Assembly, the Board of Regents met Tuesday to allocate the 2012 budget for the University System of Georgia, including that of Georgia Gwinnett College. GGC and its students fared well in the final allocations.

Following last week’s conclusion of the General Assembly, the Board of Regents met Tuesday to allocate the 2012 budget for the University System of Georgia, including that of Georgia Gwinnett College. GGC and its students fared well in the final allocations.

In acknowledgment of high enrollment growth, a total state funding package of $33.6 million was dedicated to GGC for fiscal year 2012. This figure includes a $2.4 million appropriation increase over last fiscal year approved by the General Assembly.

“The continuing support from the Board of Regents and Legislature is vital for the rapid growth of GGC,” said President Daniel J. Kaufman. The 2012 budget allotments will enable us to hire the faculty necessary to support the growth of the college for next year.

Kaufman also noted that the General Assembly added $7.1 million for infrastructure projects for GGC.

“These funds are necessary to continue building the college,” he said. “We expect to be able to accomplish a number of vital construction and structural projects with these funds. I offer my heartfelt thanks to the Gwinnett Legislative Delegation, the leadership of the House and Senate and the Governor for their strong support.”

State Representative Donna Sheldon from House District 108 (Dacula) stated, “On behalf of the Gwinnett Legislative delegation, I want to express how proud we are of Georgia Gwinnett College and all the students it serves. Making the budget right for GGC this year was a team effort with the Delegation.” Sheldon added that GGC is strongly supported by the leadership in both the House and Senate. “The College has accomplished a great deal in the past five years; and the leadership of the General Assembly appreciates the good work of all involved.”

The Board of Regents also approved an across-the-board tuition increase for fall of 2012. Recognizing deep reductions in the University System of Georgia budget as a result of the economic downturn, the Board set a tuition hike of 3%. This increase means that a GGC student will pay $109.87 per credit hour in the fall, up from $107 per credit hour. A full-time student taking 12 credit hours in the fall will pay $1,318.44 in tuition – about $36 more than in the fall of 2010.

A special institutional fee, set by the Board of Regents across the University System, will increase to $245 per semester, up from $95 per semester. The fee was scaled according to the type of institution in Georgia, with GGC’s set at about mid-range.

Dr. Kaufman noted, “While we certainly understand the impact of any increase on our students and their families, we hope the very modest increase in tuition and fees can be supported by both students and parents. Without these additions, we would not be able to hire the faculty necessary to continue the excellent education programs at the college.”

GGC’s state allotment increased from $32 million in fiscal year 2011 to about $33.6 million in fiscal year 2012. The total budget for GGC including tuition and fees was $48 million in 2011 and will be about $62 million in FY2012. The significant increase in large part represents the growth from 5,500 students to 8,000 students this fall.

The fall semester application deadline is June 17. For more information, visit www.ggc.edu.

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