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Youngstown State approves tuition freeze for third year in a row

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

Youngstown State University is known for having the most affordable undergraduate tuition in Ohio, and for the third straight year, the YSU Board of Trustees have approved a tuition freeze.

YSU President Jim Tressel tells 21 News, "Our affordability; I always call it the value affordability quotient.  The value of our teaching, our research, our student experience and the cost is significantly lower.  I think the average price of college tuition in the state of Ohio is $10,500 annually.  So we're a couple thousand dollars below the average cost in the state and below the national average for tuition."

The yearly tuition at Youngstown State is $8,317.

But while a tuition freeze was approved by the university, for now, that could all change by June 30 when the state is expected to approve its budget.

"There's a lot of discussions with guaranteed tuition programs that need to be implemented. The rationale there is to bring in a student for four years and they'll know their exact tuition for four years. So we're still in the midst of awaiting the state approval of what it is that you have the option to do in the future. So at this moment in time, our budget reflects a tuition freeze. We don't know exactly that it will turn out that way. But June 30th we'll know exactly what the parameters are that will help us make that decision," President Tressel said.

As YSU focuses on keeping the price of education affordable, with that affordability comes a cost. That's because technology and facilities are ever changing. But President Tressel says the staff has increased its workload to keep up with what's needed.

"It is a challenge because our state subsidy has not increased dramatically over the years. So it makes it more difficult to do some of the things and replace some of the things and replace some of the positions that you've lost," President Tressel said.

The university is excited about a budget that reflects an enrollment that will be up 2% again for the second straight year, and that includes an honors college the president says that's bursting at the seams.

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