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Kent State University increases tuition by two percent

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KENT, Ohio - The Kent State Board of Trustees voted on Wednesday to increase tuition by 2 percent for undergraduate and graduate students on the university’s eight campuses, including those in Trumbull County, Salem and East Liverpool.

The University says that the increase is in keeping with a state-mandated limit on full-time, in-state undergraduate tuition increases for the 2014-15 academic year, and is expected to leave Kent State’s tuition ranked in the middle of Ohio’s 13 public universities.

Effective fall semester 2014, undergraduate tuition for students at the Kent Campus will increase $98 per semester (from $4,908 to $5,006). Graduate tuition will increase $104 per semester (from $5,222 to $5,326).

Trustees noted that more than half of the new tuition revenue will be allocated to increases for student scholarships.

The Board also authorized changes in a variety of course fees and other student fees. The changes include both the elimination of fees and fee increases.  Cited as examples were the elimination of 17 fees in the College of Nursing and the increase of 11 fees related to the helicopter-training program offered by the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology.

Trustees  also approved a $648 million  operating budget for the university’s eight-campus system for fiscal year 2015. Priorities addressed in the budget include additional investments in student financial aid; costs associated with contract agreements with employees represented by bargaining units; compensation increases for unrepresented employees; anticipated increases in health-insurance costs for employees; investments in facilities repairs and improvements; support for library collections; and support for international programs.

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