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Board of Regents sets Kennesaw State’s tuition increase at 2 percent for 2017-18

Online tuition lowered an average of 6 percent at the University

KENNESAW, Ga. (Apr 18, 2017) — Tuition for Kennesaw State University students will increase by only 2 percent for the 2017-2018 academic year based on a vote by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) at its monthly meeting today. The increase impacts all 28 colleges and universities within the USG.

The 2 percent cap limits the tuition increase to $53 per semester for a full-time, in-state undergraduate student at Kennesaw State, bringing the total cost to $2,713 per semester.

“This measured rise in tuition by the Board of Regents following a year when tuition remained unchanged helps KSU to continue to serve our students while being mindful of access and affordability,” said Kennesaw State President Sam Olens.

The USG has also worked with each of the institutions to reduce the number of fee increases. In recent years, the number of approved mandatory fee increases from USG institutions has continued to decrease. For example, the number of fee increases dropped from 67 in Fiscal Year 2012 to 12 for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2018.

“With the generous support of the governor and legislature, we continue to focus on college affordability, while providing quality education,” said USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “Keeping tuition increases to a minimum allows the University System to provide a quality education balanced with the critical need to keep public higher education affordable.”

The University System also continues to focus on increasing accessibility through its online offerings. The USG’s online core curriculum, eCore, will lower tuition to $159 per credit hour from $169. Kennesaw State will decrease the cost of online tuition on average by 6 percent.

In addition, the University System also provides free, open-source, online e-textbooks through the Affordable Learning Georgia initiative. Last year, the USG was ranked by national publisher OpenStax at Rice University as number one in the nation of any school or school system for saving students the most money by providing free textbooks worth more than $3.5 million in 2016.

“The University System of Georgia is committed to providing students an affordable, accessible and high quality college education,” said Shelley Nickel, executive vice chancellor for strategy and fiscal affairs. “Across the University System, we are working together to help make college affordable with the ultimate goal of student success.”


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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