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Kent State May Act on Tuition Next Month

State cap on tuition increases expected to be 2 percent.

Students at Kent State University may see another increase in tuition starting in the fall.

For two years running, the Kent State Board of Trustees has voted to raise tuition each fall at its second meeting of the year, which is typically held either in May or June.

Kent State President Lester Lefton said that if the board acts on tuition it will likely come in May, before Ohio legislators are expected to take final action on the state's more than $61 billion biennial budget in June.

"I can’t speculate on what the board’s going to do," Lefton said at the board's March meeting. "General fees and tuition are likely to be capped by the legislature at 2 percent ... if the current budget bill moves forward."

Budget proposals from Gov. John Kasich and House Republicans put a cap of 2 percent on tuition increases at state universities.

The Ohio House approved the budget plan April 18, and the budget bill now heads to the Ohio Senate for consideration. 

Trustees at Ohio University voted this month to raise tuition by less than the 2 percent cap, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

In June 2011 Kent State's trustees voted to raise tuition 3.5 percent — the full increased allowed then by Ohio legislators.

In March 2012 trustees at Kent State again voted to increase tuition by the maximum allowed of 3.5 percent.

Yearly undergraduate tuition is $18,848 for Ohio residents, according to the university. Non-Ohio undergrads pay $26,808 per year.

Correction: This tuition cost cited DOES include room and board. 

Artsy Peanut April 25, 2013 at 02:05 PM
In its most recent survey of college pricing, the College Board reports that a "moderate" college budget for an in-state public college for the 2012–2013 academic year averaged $22,261. A moderate budget at a private college averaged $43,289. ~College Data.com Kent State is in the middle of the Ohio average. Public and private combined. Ohio is an expensive state because of the traditionally low state funding, which was slashed even further in the past 2 years. Bottom line, no matter where you go in Ohio it is expensive. If people can't afford it they need to go outside of Ohio. I came from Missouri and they have great schools that are very affordable. The cost of running a university there is lower because the state contributes more. If Kent State looks too expensive for you then chances are you just can't afford to go to a good school in Ohio and you might want to go to another state. Indecently, Washington DC had a 125% rise in average tuition.(see source sited above) It could be much worse.
Jesse April 25, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Those figures "$18,848 for Ohio residents, according to the university. Non-Ohio undergrads pay $26,808 per year" do include room and board. Just tuition for an Ohio resident is $9,672 per year. http://www.kent.edu/admissions/cost/tuition.cfm
Amanda Harnocz April 26, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Hey Jesse, the story has been updated to reflect that. Thank you.

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