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College noted for its affordability
Audury Hollingsworth transferred from Waycross College, a two year school, to College of Coastal Georgia for the campus atmosphere.

"It feels more like a college campus. Waycross felt more like high school to me," said Hollingsworth, a freshmen from Brantley County.

She also discovered it was more affordable than most four-year colleges.

"I think it costs about the same as Waycross," she said.

Her hunch was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Education, which this week ranked Coastal as the 52nd most affordable four-year public college in the nation.

According to the College Affordability and Transparency lists, Coastal's annual net price of $5,682 is well below the national average of $10,471. Base tuition for the college will be $4,400 this fall.

Net price is determined by subtracting the average amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded during the 2009-2010 academic year from the total cost of attendance during the 2010-2011 academic year. The estimate ranks college among the top 10 percent of most affordable schools.

"In these troublesome economic times, the College of Coastal Georgia is firmly committed to providing a quality educational experience for our students," said college president Valerie Hepburn. "Our objective is to provide high quality at an affordable price so that students across Georgia will have their chance to earn a first-rate degree in the most beautiful region of the state."

Di'Shequa Anderson, a sophomore nursing student from Brunswick, had her own reasons for choosing to go to Coastal.

"It's nice to be close to my daughter and have such nice facilities," she said. Also, "I have saved money by staying here."

The college was ranked 32nd in 2011.

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