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This item originally appeared in the Oct. 30, 2003, issue of The Tech Talk.

By ALISA THOMAS

Staff Writer

A report released Oct. 21 by the College Board, a statewide organization, noted college tuition and fees increased an average of $579 at four-year public institutions, an increase of 14.1 percent over last year.

Some students said they noticed an increase in tuition and fees over the years of 2002-03 and 2003-04.

"For the cash-paying students at Tech, the increase in fees came without enough warning," Adam Barr, a junior history major, said.

For the 2003-04 academic year, the average tuition and fees for four-year public universities is $4,694 versus last year's average of $4,115.

Tech's average tuition and fees for the 2003-04 year are $1,040. Last year, these fees were $923. Neither of these figures includes room and board or other general fees.

Tech's tuition increased in two steps.

It increased by 3 percent for the 2002-03 school year and another 3 percent for 2003-04. Both moves were approved by the state legislature.

"We did what we could to help the students who could not pay the increase," Lisa Cole, comptroller, said.

The College Board study also notes a trend in the amount of financial aid being distributed. The figures for financial aid have doubled over the past decade, according to the study.

The federal government provided more than $70 billion in student aid during the 2002-03 school year.

Total student aid reached more than $105 billion in 2002-03, an increase of 15 percent over the preceding year.

The College Board also noted about half of all college students receive financial aid.

The College Board presents this report each fall to postsecondary institutions, which provides up-to-date information on tuition and other expenses associated with attending public institutions of postsecondary education in the United States.


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