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AMERICUS, GA (April 15, 2020) — Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) earned a spot as one of the Best Value Colleges in Georgia for 2020 by Textbook Rush based on the affordable cost of attendance and the reasonable early and established career earnings of graduates.

"With the rising cost of higher education and the uncertain times we're currently living in, affordability has become an increasingly important topic when making a college decision," said GSW President Neal Weaver. "Earning a college degree shouldn't cost a fortune, and it certainly shouldn't come with years of debt. We want to ensure that every student's path to college is not hindered or put on hold by this current health crisis."

In their search for best value colleges in Georgia, Textbook Rush looked at traditional four-year schools and identified which colleges provided the best opportunity to earn a good income post-graduation without breaking the bank to get there. Put another way, students who graduate from these colleges earn the most money relative to what they paid to attend.

Georgia Southwestern, along with 55 other institutions, was identified as a Best Value College by looking at three variables: cost of attendance, earnings 6 years post-enrollment in an early career, and earnings 10 years post-enrollment in an established career.

The data came straight out of the most recent College Scorecard release, an annual study of the best value colleges in each state, which tracks everything from attendance figures and acceptance rate to student debt and more.

"Georgia Southwestern is proud to offer an affordable, quality education with small class sizes, specialized programs and a safe environment," continued Weaver. "In addition to our competitive tuition, GSW offers nearly $1 million in scholarships each year to ensure each student has the opportunity for success without having to burden their futures."

For students interested in Georgia Southwestern, there's no better time than now to apply. First-year students applying for Summer and Fall 2020 no longer need SAT/ACT scores and the application fee is waived for a limited time. Admissions counselors are available and ready to assist prospective students by phone and email. For more information, visit www.gsw.edu/admissions, email admissions@gsw.edu, or call 229-928-1273.

Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, Ga., is a public, four-year unit of the University System of Georgia with approximately 3,000 students. Georgia Southwestern offers outstanding professional programs of study as well as degrees in the arts, humanities, sciences and graduate programs in business, computer science, education, English, and nursing. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is recognized as one of the best value colleges in the nation. Visit www.gsw.edu for more information.

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