Tech school tuition will rise

The cost of attending Georgia's technical colleges, including Columbus Technical College, is going up next year.

The state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia Thursday approved a $385.7 million budget that includes a $5 per credit hour increase in student tuition.

That amounts to $240 a year for full-time students, or an increase from $1,488 to $1,728. It's the first increase in two years.

But students receiving HOPE and Pell grants should have to pay little of that 16 percent increase out of pocket, since the extra tuition is expected to be covered by the grants, a system official said.