For many families, paying for college is one of the biggest expenses. It’s been an even bigger expense for students in Georgia who have taken online classes in recent years.

Until 2017, thousands of Georgia undergraduate students paid more to take online classes at most public colleges and universities than regular in-person classes – in some cases, up to 50% more expensive or higher for certain schools, according to State Affairs’ analysis of tuition records.

Many college students have questioned why virtual education hasn’t cost less in Georgia than in-person classes — particularly since students paid regular tuition in March 2020, when the COVID-19 temporarily forced all classes to move online. More recently, state university officials say they plan to charge one tuition rate for students taking all their classes online and another for those who only take some online, leaving students and professors wondering what’s next for the costs of college virtual learning in Georgia.

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