The University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents recently took action on the system’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 operating budget, which includes setting tuition rates.

The actions of the board support its philosophy of providing a balance between broad access to public higher education and academic quality in its 35 degree-granting institutions.

The FY 2011 USG appropriation, as passed by the General Assembly as part of the overall State budget, is $1.95 billion, which is a cumulative decrease of $227 million, or 10.4 %, from the original state budget in FY 2010 of $2.17 billion.

With respect to tuition, starting this fall, most students will pay tuition increases ranging from a low of $50 per semester at two-year colleges to a high of $500 per semester at the four research universities.