Ohio State set to raise tuition 3.3%, then keep price guarantee for those students


Jennifer Smola - The Columbus Dispatch (TNS)



Ohio State University is looking to increase tuition and fees by about 3.3% for incoming in-state freshmen this fall.

The university announced the proposed increase Tuesday in a news release, ahead of a Wednesday meeting of the board of trustees.

Housing rates would also increase by about 2.2% under the proposal.

The proposed tuition and fees equates to about a $358 increase over last year’s rate, and would total about $11,000 per year for incoming first-year students. Adding in the most common housing and dining plans, the total rate for incoming students would be about $23,800, the university said.

For students at Ohio State’s regional campuses, in-state tuition and fees would increase about $268 from last year to $7,912, while in-state students at the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster would see tuition and fees increase about $266 over last year to $7,874.

The rates will be frozen for students for four years under the school’s tuition guarantee program.

The proposed tuition increases are in line with language in the biennial state budget, Ohio State’s announcement said. While lawmakers passed an interim budget to run through July 17, they have yet to reach a deal on the nearly $69 million, two-year spending bill. The current language within the budget, though, allows state universities to increase tuition equal to the average rate of inflation, plus another 2%.

Under Ohio State’s proposal, student health insurance would also increase about 2%, but the university said most U.S. students use private insurance rather than obtaining it through the school.

The university’s announcement said Ohio State’s tuition guarantees, which have been in place for the past two entering classes, provide students with “predictability about college costs.” It also pointed to recent affordability efforts, including the expansion of a digital textbook initiative and its Buckeye Opportunity Program, which covers remaining tuition and fees for low- and moderate-income Ohio students who qualify for federal Pell grants.

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Jennifer Smola

The Columbus Dispatch (TNS)

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