Who:  The Ohio State University Board of Trustees
What: 
OSU trustees approve regional campus tuition increase
When:
  April 5, 2002
Where:
  Columbus
Contact: 
Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284 or Elizabeth Conlisk at (614) 292-3040
 

For Immediate Release

April 5, 2002

CONTACT: Elizabeth Conlisk at (614) 292-3040 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

OSU trustees approve regional campus tuition increase

Access to Ohio State remains focus of tuition and fee structure

COLUMBUS – Access to The Ohio State University, especially in students’ early years of undergraduate study, remains a focus of the tuition and fee structure planned for the university’s regional campuses and Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) next academic year.

As was the case with Columbus campus tuition and fee increases approved in March, state budget cuts will affect cost increases for students attending the regional campuses and ATI. The tuition and fee structure approved by Ohio State’s Board of Trustees Friday (4/5) reflects a 10 percent reduction in Access Challenge funding plus a 6 percent cut in other state support over this fiscal year and next, which in turn results in an almost 10 percent average increase in students’ share of resident undergraduate tuition and fees at the regional campuses and ATI.

“The state budget cuts have caused tuition increases at all colleges and universities in Ohio. We want to make it clear that Ohio State Lima and the other regional campuses still provide the best bargain in the state,” said Violet I. Meek, dean and director at The Ohio State University at Lima. “Our students receive a high quality education from the best the University has to offer in a small college atmosphere at a reasonable cost.”

Regional campus tuition for lower-division students at Ohio State has increased by just $26 since autumn 1998, thanks to a four-year period of significant increases in Access Challenge funding; the statewide funding increased from $12 million in FY 1998 to $65 million by FY 2001 before being reduced to $58.8 million this year and next, noted William J. Shkurti, senior vice president for business and finance. Because Access Challenge – the state program designed to make college more affordable for Ohioans attending regional campuses and two-year institutions – has been cut by 10 percent since last spring, regional campus tuition increases will reflect that loss of state support, Shkurti said.

Based on the board’s vote Friday, tuition and fees at ATI in Wooster and at The Ohio State University at Lima, Mansfield, Marion and Newark will be affected as follows:

• Beginning summer quarter 2002, full-time regional lower-division students (freshmen and sophomores) will see an increase in their share of tuition and fees of $107 per quarter (8.9 percent), which reflects a $200-per-quarter reduction in fees provided by Access Challenge funding. The student share of tuition will stand at $1,309 per quarter, compared to $1,202 per quarter this year.

• Beginning summer quarter, full-time regional upper-division students (juniors and seniors) will see an increase in their share of tuition and fees of $165 per quarter (12.8 percent), which reflects a $54-per-quarter reduction in fees provided by Access Challenge funding. The student share of tuition will stand at $1,455 per quarter, compared to $1,290 per quarter this year. The combined increases for lower- and upper-division students average just under 10 percent.

• Beginning summer quarter, full-time in-state ATI students will pay 9.9 percent more, or $119 per quarter, in tuition and fees, net of the reduction provided by Access Challenge funding. The student share of tuition will stand at $1,321 per quarter, compared to $1,202 this year.

• The nonresident surcharge for undergraduates on all campuses will increase by 7.5 percent ($219 per quarter for full-time students) beginning summer quarter.

Just two years ago, Access Challenge enabled Ohio State to decrease tuition at regional campuses by 5 percent for lower-division students and hold the tuition increase to 3 percent for upper-division students. Ohio State is maintaining the principles behind that fee structure by applying more of the Access Challenge fee reduction to lower-division tuition to keep tuition lower for those regional campus students and to minimize the differential between upper-division regional campus and Columbus campus tuition costs, said John Riedl, dean of The Ohio State University at Mansfield and executive dean of the regional campuses.

The fees approved by the board were recommended by the regional campus boards of trustees and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, ATI’s administrative home.

Shkurti said those making recommendations took several factors into consideration, including the fact that undergraduates on the Columbus campus will pay approximately one-third more in tuition than undergraduates on Ohio State’s regional campuses next academic year. In addition, the regional campuses will be subject to the same compensation increase policies as the Columbus campus next year.

Beginning summer quarter on the Columbus campus, current resident undergraduates will see a 9 percent tuition increase, and new students will pay an additional fee of $474. Current students will pay $5,217, while new students – freshmen and transfers – will pay $5,691, or a total increase of 18.9 percent over this year’s tuition and fees.

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