Students at Kent State University will pay more in room and board and special fees and course fees starting in the fall of 2013.
The Kent State Board of Trustees approved increases of 3.98 percent in the standard double-room rate and a 3.98 percent increase in the standard board rate.
Those two increases amount to a 3.92 percent jump in the standard undergraduate room and board rate for the approximately 6,000 students who live on campus.
Kent State President Lester Lefton said the increases are necessary to pay for wide-ranging issues from rising food rates to regular building maintenance.
"Some times it's a roof," Lefton said. "We're constantly upgrading various buildings. For example, Prentice got all new windows this past year. We are planning a new dining facility, location yet to be determined but maybe ... next to the art complex."
The increases also will help pay for projects such as the planned $30 million renovation of the Tri-Towers residence halls, which house more than 1,000 students.
Increases in course fees touch nearly all of Kent State's schools and colleges. The complete break down is available in the .pdf documents attached to this story.
Kent State trustee Jacqueline Woods said the fee increases are for courses and programs that have a substantially higher cost of delivering.
"Even with the proposed increases Kent State’s rates will continue to be among the most reasonable in Ohio," she said.