Georgia Perimeter student Deidra Myers is attending summer school for a few credit hours before tuition and fees jump.
CLARKSTON, Ga. - Applications are up for summer enrollment at Georgia Perimeter College, but other schools are seeing a drop as the clock ticks toward higher tuition and less help from HOPE.
Administrators at Georgia Perimeter say applications for summer school are several hundred ahead of last year's pace. They believe an increase in tuition and fees coming to Georgia colleges and universities in the fall are part of the reason why.
Deidra Myers is one of the students who will spend this summer grabbing a few extra credit hours before the price goes up.
"It would be more economically friendly to go for the summer," said Myers. "I can use everything I can get, especially since I don't have financial aid."
Georgia Southern University is actively campaigning for students to attend summer school, reminding students that tuition and fees will jump in the fall, while the HOPE scholarship will no longer cover the entire cost of tuition for most students. Georgia Southern is expecting 10,000 students for the summer, which would be a record.
Elsewhere, the enthusiasm for summer classes is not as vigorous.
At Georgia Tech, summer enrollment is flat. It's the same story at Georgia State. At the University of Georgia, summer enrollment is down so far. At West Georgia, applications for summer school are also down, but fall applications are up 5 percent.
Some students say they're not attending summer school because they need to earn money to continue classes.
"I have a summer job, plus internships I'm trying to get for the summer," said Georgia Perimeter student Jahzeel French. "I'm not going to be able to go to summer school."
At some schools, there's still time to apply for summer classes, so the numbers could change.