Tuition at Kent State on Trustees' Agenda this Week
State legislators capped increases at 3.5 percent; tuition rose last year at Kent State
If tuition at Kent State University is going to change next year, students should know as early as Wednesday.
Rates for tuition and room and board at the eight-campus system are on the agenda for Wednesday's Kent State Board of Trustees meeting.
Last year, the Ohio legislature approved a biennium budget that put a cap on tuition increases of 3.5 percent, effectively limiting how much the state's 14 public universities can raise tuition for this year and the coming year.
In June, Kent State increased tuition for the 2011-2012 school year by the maximum 3.5 percent, and legally the university could increase rates again by as much for the 2012-2013 school year.
On its website, Kent State's estimated tuition for 2012-2013 academic year is the same as it is now at $9,346 for an Ohio resident plus $8,830 for room and board, which puts the total at $18,176 for an in-state student.
The same state budget that put a cap on tuition increases also cut financial support to Kent State by about $16 million this school year. The university has been bracing for a big hit in state support since 2009, when Kent State administrators started a number of programs to cut costs and save money.
Look for coverage of the trustee meeting Wednesday on Kent Patch.