GIA LEARN-AT-HOME TUITION TO RISE IN MARCH Tuition for most of the Gemological Institute of America's home-study courses will rise about 5% March 15. The cost of updating materials to keep up with changes in the jewelry industry, as well as other rising prices, prompted the increase, says GIA. "As the costs of paper, printing and postage continue their upward climb, the cost of professional training for the jewelry industry must keep up," says Brook Ellis, GIA's vice president of education. "We will never sacrifice the basics ­ personal instruction, hands-on experience with gems, and the research and library resources available to our students ­ so this move was inevitable." GIA will keep costs at their 1996 level for the first 212 months of the year so students can enroll at the lower rates. Veronica Clark-Hudson, education services manager for GIA, says tuition for home-study

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