published Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Georgia lawmakers delay meeting on tuition cap

ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers have delayed a hearing on a constitutional amendment preventing the Board of Regents from raising tuition more than the rate of inflation.

The meeting was set for Wednesday but is now expected to be held next week. The legislation would require the Regents to get lawmakers' approval before they could increase tuition more than inflation.

State lawmakers have said they're frustrated with double-digit tuition increases at Georgia's 35 colleges and universities over the last few years. The rapid rise in tuition is part of the reason the HOPE scholarship program was set to go broke before it was cut back.

The measure must get approval by two-thirds of the House and Senate before going on the ballot for voters to consider.

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