Tuition FAQ

GENERAL

FLAT TUITION PLAN

FINANCIAL AID

HOPE SCHOLARSHIP (for Georgia residents)

GENERAL

Is tuition increasing this fall?
The Board of Regents (BOR) in general sets tuition each April for the upcoming academic year that begins in the Fall.

Is there an Institutional Fee?
Yes. All students will pay an institutional fee per term for the upcoming academic year.

Why is the fee being extended?
The fee was originally set in December 2008 for the spring 2009 semester. The temporary fee was part of the USG Board of Regents' plan to offset state budget reductions. Now that we have a much clearer picture of the state's declining revenues, the regents have decided that a special institutional fee must be part of the overall strategy to ensure access and academic excellence for students.

My insurance company requires that I be enrolled as a full-time student. I am taking 12 hours. Am I still considered a full-time student?
Yes, for financial aid and verification of enrollment purposes, 12 hours is still considered full-time.

Does the Institutional Fee apply to fall, spring and summer semesters?
The institutional fee applies to all three semesters. You must pay the USG Institution Fee each semester that you are enrolled.

Who sets the Institute's tuition rate?
The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents sets tuition rates for each of the state's 35 public colleges and universities annually.

How much are the new tuition and fees?
A complete listing of tuition and mandatory fees can be found on this chart provided by the Georgia Tech Bursar's Office.

How will the money from the tuition increase be used?
Tuition and fees provide funds for classroom and lab instruction as well as academic support services that exist outside the classroom. Examples of offices that provide academic support include advising, Professional Practice (co-op), International Education (study abroad), tutoring, and Student Affairs. Tuition does not go toward building construction, travel or athletic scholarships.

Why is Georgia Tech's tuition more expensive than any other state university?
Georgia Tech is a research institution. Degree programs in science and technology are space-intensive, equipment-intensive, and energy-intensive. These requirements are more costly compared to universities with different academic priorities. In addition, the expense associated with attracting and retaining premier faculty in science and engineering increases the cost of educating students who pursue a degree from Georgia Tech.

Where can I get assistance to help manage my academic schedule?
There are numerous resources and services available for students seeking academic support:

  • Advising at Tech: Meet with your advisor, a mentor, or a trusted faculty member at least once a semester to map out your goals and classes. Your advisor may also point you to some useful tutoring programs within your department.
  • Success Programs: Offers mentorship and one-on-one tutoring to help strengthen your knowledge on a given subject.
  • Office of Minority Education: All students are welcome to take advantage of tutoring programs through OMED.

FLAT TUITION PLAN

Why did the Board of Regents decide to set a flat tuition rate in lieu of the fixed for four plan?
Unforeseen economic circumstances coupled with substantial budget reductions compromised the long-term viability of a fixed tuition model. Academically competitive colleges and universities must maintain an equally competitive tuition rate. Despite this change, Georgia Tech's tuition rate remains one of the lowest when compared with its peer institutions while maintaining a top-tier national and international ranking.

What does it mean that students enrolled at Georgia Tech will pay a "flat tuition rate?"
New in-state students will pay one of two rates: a flat rate per semester for 6 hours or fewer or a different higher rate for more than 6 hours. Out-of-state students will also pay flat rates at the same tiers. Current rates can be found at www.bursar.gatech.edu/content/tuition-fees. Students will not pay an additional rate for taking more than 15 hours in a single semester.

What led to this change?
Historically, tuition has been based upon 12 credit hours, with no additional charge for more hours. The average number of credit hours carried by Georgia Tech students, however, is higher than that figure. Given the current budget picture, it is difficult to maintain academic quality and provide classes for free. Therefore, the tuition calculation has been revised to more accurately reflect the cost associated with these extra credits.

What about students who opt for a study abroad program?
These rates are outlined on this chart.

This new tuition model only impacts Georgia Tech and UGA. Why do research universities cost more?
Degree programs in science and technology are space-intensive, equipment-intensive, and energy-intensive. These requirements are fundamentally larger and more costly compared to universities with different academic priorities. In addition, the cost associated with attracting premier faculty increases the cost to educate students who pursue a degree at Georgia Tech.

FINANCIAL AID

If I have received a financial aid award letter, will I get a new award letter?
The Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid has updated its records to reflect current tuition and fees. You will receive a new award letter if the amounts of any of your awards are impacted by these changes. You can e-mail your advisor with any specific questions.

What if I am unable to afford the new tuition rate?
Georgia Tech is committed to working with students and families to find resources to help fund their education. For information regarding loans or scholarship assistance, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Students may also inquire with their academic department about scholarship opportunities. Tech also offers robust co-op and internship programs to help students earn money, gain real world experience, and complete their degrees.

HOPE SCHOLARSHIP (for Georgia residents)

For information about HOPE and scholarships, please visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid web site.

For more information
Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid Georgia Tech Housing
http://www.finaid.gatech.edu http://www.housing.gatech.edu
finaid@gatech.edu 404-894-2470
404-894-4160  
Bursar's Office Success Programs
http://www.bursar.gatech.edu A Division of Student Affairs
404-894-4618 http://www.successprograms.gatech.edu
  404-894-1945