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Dalton State remains one of most affordable colleges

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According to the U.S. Department of Education, for the fifth consecutive year, Dalton State has been named one of the most affordable public four-year colleges in the nation.

Dalton State ranks 39 on the list, and it's based on the 2012-2013 academic year. 

Dalton State’s net price was $5,914 for that school year. The figure includes tuition and fees, as well as other costs associated with being a student, such as books, supplies, room and board, and transportation. The national average net price for the 2012-2013 school year was $11,877.

“Dalton State College continues to serve the needs of this region in the most cost effective way, ensuring both quality and affordability,” said Dr. Margaret Venable, interim president. 

Dalton State’s tuition and fees for a student taking 15 credit hours a semester are $4,056 for the 2015-2016 school year. Students pay $102 per credit hour in tuition. 

Dalton State remains one of the most affordable schools in the nation despite also being listed as having one of the highest net increases in price by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center.

“Over 75 percent of our students receive need-based aid, and approximately 30 percent live at or below the poverty level,” said Dr. Jodi Johnson, vice president for Enrollment and Student Services. “As the point of access to the University System of Georgia in the northwest portion of the state, our continued inclusion on a list of most affordable four-year institutions is critical.”

According to that data, Dalton State had a 57 percent increase, going from $3,776 in the 2010-2011 school year to $5,914 in the 2012-2013 school year. 

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