Tuition FAQ


Is tuition increasing this fall?
The Board of Regents (BOR) typically sets tuition each April for the upcoming academic year that begins in the Fall. Approved fee schedules are available upon receipt by the Institute. Schedules and rates effective beginning with the Fall term include the subsequent Spring and Summer terms. Review our website for approved Institute fees. Board, room rent, and other charges are also subject to change at the beginning of any academic term.

What is the institutional fee? 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.

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.

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

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 28 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 the tuition and fees page.

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 other state universities? 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 useful tutoring programs within your department.
  • Success Programs: 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.