Ohio State University officials announced Tuesday they will maintain a freeze on tuition for the 2009-2010 academic year.
A tuition freeze at Ohio’s two-year community colleges and four-year state universities is dead.
Ohio State University Board of Trustees wrapped up their June meeting this afternoon. WOSU attended the meeting and gives this highlight report.
There’s good news for state universities, their students, and the parents who pay tuition bills. Republicans who dominate the Ohio Senate say they have found millions of extra dollars to pump into the schools and that could help hold tuition rates steady for the next two years.
Officials at Ohio State University say they’re pleased with a House bill that increases state funding for higher education. It’s a variation of Governor Strickland’s universities compact proposal that exchanges higher amounts of state support for reduced tuition increases. But the bill has yet to pass the scrutiny of the Senate and governor.
Every year, for several years, students at state-supported universities across Ohio have been faced with tuition increases of four percent, six percent, sometimes nine percent and more. But if Governor Ted Strickland gets his way, those kinds of tuition increases – double and triple the inflation rate – will soon come to an end.
Governor Strickland’s two-year budget proposal includes a large tax cut for homeowners and the elimination of several business tax breaks.
The Ohio State University Board of Trustees is expected to approve another tuition increase for the upcoming school year. While university officials say the increase is necessary to offset rising expenses and decreasing state support, students remain frustrated.
Yearly tuition for most Ohio State University undergraduates will surpass $8,000 this fall. Officials are proposing a 6% increase, the highest allowed by state law. They say that will add $477 to the typical student’s tuition bill.
About 20 Ohio State University students joined US Senate candidate Eric Fingerhut at 15th Avenue and High Street Tuesday morning to protest the ever-increasing cost of higher education.