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No tuition increase, special fee eliminated at GSW and other USG institutions

AMERICUS, GA (April 14, 2022) - The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) recently voted to eliminate the Special Institutional Fee and to not raise tuition at most institutions for the 2022-2023 academic year, including Georgia Southwestern State University. 

This is the fifth time in seven years that the Board has approved keeping tuition costs flat across most institutions in the university system.

Additionally, the Board approved eliminating a mandatory Special Institutional Fee charged since 2009 to students systemwide. That action will save full-time Georgia Southwestern students $242 per semester.

“The university system’s longstanding commitment to affordability helps empower students, keeping them on track to learn the skills they need to get good jobs in a highly skilled workforce,” USG Chancellor Sonny Perdue said. “That workforce is critical to the economic development that has allowed Georgia to thrive, and we are grateful to Governor Kemp and the General Assembly for passing a state budget this year that provides record support for public higher education and USG institutions statewide.”

The Board had initially established the Special Institutional Fee to provide financial support for high-quality academic programs and operations during the reductions in state funding caused by the Great Recession. The fee has continued since that time, but beginning in Fiscal Year 2023, the state will increase USG’s budget by almost $230 million, allowing for the fee’s elimination.

Georgia Southwestern continues to be ranked as one of the best value and most affordable colleges in Georgia. See how GSW compares with competitors at, and learn more about the breakdown of GSW’s tuition and fees online at

Undergraduates can still apply for free before the May 1 deadline online at SAT/ACT scores are not required for Fall 2022 admission.