News 12 @ 11 o'clock -- January 21, 2009
AUGUSTA, GA -- Almost every college campus is dealing with cutbacks and budgets. And with the state doing less -- students could be paying more.
"At some point we may see some costs be transferred to students we're going to minimize that as much as possible," said MCG President Dr. Dan Rahn.
But that may not be enough. The state already cut eight percent from the school's budget. And with less money coming in, some students are turning to more loans.
"You have to keep that in mind because all of the money for medical school that you're paying for all your tuition, you have to pay it all back. There's not that much aid that you can get that you don't have to pay back," Mahsa.
And with a $2 billion drop in revenue, students like Mahsa know when classes are over, they're going to have more the pay back.
"When you're done with your studies and you see that email that says don't forget to reapply for federal aid, you start thinking about it. You're like, 'oh my god, what am i going to do if the economy continues to plummet to the point where only god knows where it's going to go?'" said Mahsa.
But even with the economy's downturn, MCG students say these kinds of meetings gives them confidence in their administration.
"Definitely optimistic. Just doing my best to make sure I'm spending the least amount of money possible and just trying to be as efficient as possible," said Tequilla Pryor.
"We can only see if things are going to get worse or better. But hopefully the administration will continue this dialog with the students," said George Lazari.
"I think things are going to be okay. So I'm not that worried about it," said Mahsa.
The campus expansion was also a big talker at the meeting. The school still plans to continue it's projects even in light of the current budget.
MCG does not plan to raise tuition at the time, but the decision isn't up to them. They say the Georgia Board of Regents will make the final decision in the spring.