Georgia college tuition, fees rise | News
Tuition and fees have steadily increased over the last five years in Georgia, according to a study by College Board. At Southwest High School in Macon some students got to see the Savannah State University Choir and Band perform then had the opportunity to audition for scholarships.
Jasmine Harris is one of the students who auditioned. She wants to study music, but needs help paying for her degree. "I know that my mother can not pay for a college straight out of pocket," said Harris.
In Georgia, public four year in-state tuition and fees have increased 65 percent over the last five years according to College Board. Those increases are the second highest increase in the nation, behind Arizona. And while the state's average tuition is below the national average, students still need all the support they can get.
After auditioning Harris was awarded a scholarship ranging from $2,500 to $3,500. Fellow classmate Donald Smith, who plays the trombone, also tried out and earned a $2,500 to $3,000 scholarship. However, he doesn't know if he wants to go there because of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, which also offered him money.
"I got a full ride, $18,481," said Smith.
Band director Dominique Lane couldn't be more proud of his students and knows first-hand what music majors have to pay for.
"They're gonna have to purchase their own instrument, and equipment, and purchasing music," said Lane.
Lane influenced Smith to follow in his shoes. "I can teach other students around the world about music," said Smith.
Students said the determining factor in deciding what school they'll go to is who will give the most money.
Ten students were awarded scholarships.