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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 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, 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. 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.

Tim Andreotti March 13, 2012 at 09:18 PM
KSU has done a poor job of controlling internal costs for quite some time now. Both the Main and Stark Campuses are grossly over-staffed. That should be addressed before any kind tuition increase. $16 million is a doable number for a university the size of KSU without further burdening the students. They offer one of the best Business Degrees in the State. They should start practicing what they teach!

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