Officials Argue Whether PACT Program is "Guaranteed"


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Georgia Perimeter College students returned to classes Monday after Thanksgiving Break. Freshman Josh Parker, a Newton campus student from Loganville, took time to study at the school’s new library between classes Monday. This fall, GPC’s enrollment grew by 1,741 students to 24,549, or 7.6 percent, according to the University System of Georgia’s 2009 fall enrollment report.

Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan, better known as PACT, is raising questions about whether those putting money in the program were guaranteed tuition would be paid.

Lucy Baxley says she removed all guarantees from promotional literature and contracts for the plan when she was state treasurer in 1995.

Baxley said she removed the word "guarantee" because there was no legal guarantee in state law.

The program used the word "guarantee" when Baxley’s predecessor in the treasurer's office, George Wallace Jr., launched the program 20 years ago.

Wallace disagrees with Baxley and says there is a legal obligation by the state to provide tuition.

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