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We partner with the state to educate Georgia's future workforce. Georgia's independent, not-for-profit colleges awarded more than $125 million dollars in grant aid in 2014-2015. The largest categories of monthly consumption expenditure are housing, transportation and food. Monthlys student loan payments are relatively small compared to these expenses, and are closer in scale to monthly spending on entertainment, apparel and health care. Student Success: More than 70% of students who begin at a Georgia Independent, not-for-profit college graduate by year six. Tuition and fees at GICA member colleges are lower than others in the region and nation. Students at not-for-profit, independent colleges are more likely to graduate, and graduate on time GICA member colleges enroll 18% of undergraduates at four-year public and private, non-profit colleges in Georgia, yet these independent colleges produce a greater proportion of Bachelor's degrees. Georgia's independent colleges inject $2 billion annually in employee salaries and wages into the economy. We partner with the state to educate the future workforce. Through smaller classes, hands-on learning, and a student-focused approach, Georgia's independent colleges and universities create a more seamless pipeline to an on-time graduation. Students in STEM fields are more likely to graduate on time from private colleges. Students of color at private colleges are more likely to graduate Through smaller classes, hands-on learning, and a student-focused approach, Georgia's Independent colleges and universities create a more seamless pipeline to an on-time graduation.
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