Why Most Georgia Colleges Charged More – Much More – for Online Classes

Illustration by Brittney Phan (State Affairs)

Oct 18, 2021
Key Points
  • Online undergraduate classes cost 12% to 79% more than in-person classes at most Georgia colleges in 2017.
  • Students taking online classes increased by more than 30% as tuition costs fell starting in 2018.
  • State school officials traced higher costs to technology and course designs.
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 ...