October 24, 2014

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Tuitions rising again at Ohio public universities

COLUMBUS — Tuition at 11 of Ohio’s 13 traditional, four-year public universities will rise this fall.

Most of the universities chose to boost tuition as much as state limits would allow this year: 2 percent or $188, whichever is higher.

Some students complain that the increases are too much, but university advocates say the state’s cap keeps increases to a fraction of what they were in past years.

The average tuition increase at Ohio’s public universities was 9 percent from 1996 to 2006. Since 2010, the most that public schools have been able to raise tuition in a year was 3.5 percent.

“It’s not normal that the cap would be this low if you’re looking at a relatively long history of the state,” Bruce Johnson, president of the Inter-University Council, which represents Ohio public universities, told The Columbus Dispatch. “What you’re talking about is barely inflationary growth.”

The total cost of paying for college remains high in Ohio compared with public universities in other states, according to new rankings by the U.S. Department of Education.

The report included fees beyond tuition, which aren’t regulated.

One Ohio school, Miami University, made the top 5 percent of U.S. public schools with the highest tuition, with a net cost of $24,674 a year, based on 2011 data. But on the list of schools with the highest overall costs, five Ohio schools were among the top 25.

Ohio State ranked No. 9, at $20,000 a year. The University of Cincinnati was No. 16, ahead of Kent State University (No. 19) and Ohio University (No. 22).

Although it’s too early to calculate total prices for next school year, costs outside of tuition again are going up at many Ohio schools.


  • Scout

    Maybe if the presidents of these universities didn’t make exhorbitant salaries the tuitions wouldn’t have to rise all the time. Start at the top to cut monies. I am not against a person receiving a hefty wage BUT, like Mr Gee at OSU, they don’t need 8 million a year. For what? Look at Tressel going to Youngstown and only gettng 100 thou or a bit more-that is more reasonable. 8 million-outrageous.

    • Pablo Jones

      Tressel wasn’t thinking about being reasonable when taking that job. What he was thinking about was his pension. $100k for a few years and then when he retires he will collect well over a million each year for the rest of his life. His pension is based on his highest earning years, his years coaching at OSU. He is just looking to get his time in. If the only job he could get was mowing the grass along the highways for $10/hr he would have taken that.

      • Scout

        You make a very good point. And if he hadn’t been raking in all those high dollars as coach then his pension wouldn’t be so high. I understand the pension system but that doesn’t mean that they should be making millions and then raising the tuition.

        • Pablo Jones

          I agree some are over paid. But their only real job is to be a fund raiser for the college. I’m sure they bring in more money than they are paid. Would he have worked less hard for $4 million probably not, but if they had to replace him would the new president have all the contacts and be able to bring in the same amount of money?

          Not trying to defend him, just saying it may or may not be worth paying him that much.

    • Tim Brookes

      LeBron has a high school education, he will make more than $ 30.000.000 next year.
      A surgeon spend the first 30 years of their life preparing for one of the most precious duties of mankind, they make $ 230.000 / yr
      We put value on the things we value.

      Yes, I know there are plenty of millionaires that may be college or high school dropouts. Those are exceptions, the rest may only get to their goals by their own, blood sweat and tears.

  • oldruss

    Are there too many state supported colleges and universities in Ohio?

    Duplication of areas of study among, say, Cleveland State University, University of Akron, and Kent State University, all three of which are close geographically, not to mention Cuyahoga Community College, Lakeland Community College and Lorain County Community College, and you have a glut of post-secondary institutions.

    • Pablo Jones

      You can probably make a case that there aren’t enough schools. 13 state schools that we probably had for 50+ years even though population has grown and the number of people going to college has increased.

      If there were more options the students wouldn’t have to accept the tuition increases they could go somewhere else. The schools are just using tuition to thin the applicants and get as much as they can.

      That being said it isn’t right. Tuition should be low and they should let the best students in. But people would say that wouldn’t be fair because typically the poor don’t have the best grades and test scores while the rich typically have better scores.

      Also not everyone that is pushed to go to college should go to college. A post-high school education is needed but that doesn’t have to be college and a degree. Not everyone can hack it in college.

      • Scout

        Agreed.

      • oldruss

        Not sure how you plan on getting more, lower priced options just by creating additional public colleges and universities. The Ohio Board of Regents sets the amount by which each school within the Ohio system may raise their tuition each year. And, as the article stated, “Most of the universities chose to boost tuition as much as state limits would allow this year:”

        There is great duplication of courses among all the state universities, and it is particularly evident when one compares the course offerings from CSU, UA, and KSU, for example. Throw in CCC and LCCC, which allegedly offer freshman and sophomore level courses, that are duplicated by the four-year schools, and you have real redundancy.

        • Pablo Jones

          Supply and Demand. The universities can charge more because there is a high demand for college education and a limited supply. They will raise prices because there will be no repercussions in their attendance. Even if the kids drop out the university will have already been paid. If the university were on the hook for the students to be able to pay back the education then they would try harder to keep prices down. (that is the college loans the money and has to collect from the students.) They don’t care if students run up debt that they can’t pay back, it’s the banks problem.

          If the university had to compete for students to fill their classes they would lower prices to attract more students.

          As far as duplication of classes goes it doesn’t matter. If Ohio only had one college and 500,000 people went to that one school they would have 500 math 101 classes instead of 50 classes each at 10 different schools.

          Financially it makes sense for kids to go to a community college their first 2 years (or more if they can get credit) than to go to a large school for the whole time. But that is their own choice and they have to handle the financial consequences of that decision.

  • onesears

    Got to make sure they can pay the exorbitant contracts to their football and other athletic coaches whom don’t even contribute to the education of any student. Or free rides to all the thugs who just want to stay one year on their way to the pros to make millions.start supporting the educational side of college and not the athletic side. That is what a college is supposed to be , a institution of higher learning.

    • oldruss

      THE Ohio State University boasts that its football program’s revenue is enough to support not only the football program, but also all the other athletic programs, male and female, that THE Ohio State University offers. Perhaps that’s not true of the other state universities, but then those other schools don’t pay their head football coach nearly what Tressel raked in and what Urban Meyer is currently getting.

  • golfingirl

    Having had children graduate from both Miami and Ohio University, these tuition figures are misleading.

    They include those who choose to attend from out-of-state, where the tuition is about 2.5X what it is for an Ohio resident.

    I do agree, however, that the cost is getting out of control.

    Colleges need to focus on core curriculum and eliminate useless classes.

    • Pablo Jones

      From Miami’s website Tuition and room and board for an Ohio resident is $24,600. Without room and board it is about $13,700. Out of State is $40,000.

      About $11,000 for room and board, that seems more excessive than the tuition. That is about $1250 a month and we know the kids don’t eat every meal.

      • golfingirl

        My kids all got their money’s worth when it came to food!

        As for their education….not sure on that one…laughing.

    • Scout

      Like maybe basket weaving 101? laughing

  • robertloggia16

    The scam continues… “Everybody needs to go to college”… Since everybody’s going, let’s jack up the price.

    • golfingirl

      Not everyone needs to go to college.

      It is a choice freely made by all people.

      If they feel the value exceeds the cost, they will go. If not, they will not go.

      Everyone decides for them self.

  • Sis Delish

    IN, the history of mankind, has an educator EVER taken a salary reduction?

  • Tim Brookes

    All Education should be free and accessible to anyone who puts forth the effort to attend.

    • Pablo Jones

      It is. This mecca of knowledge is in a secret place called a library. Countless scholars throughout history have gained their knowledge there. Not surprisingly those that say education should be free rarely fully utilize the library system.

      • Tim Brookes

        Came here to library, not finding any textbooks… Librarian said they usually do not have those types of books here.

        Do you know where I can obtain some guidance from experienced people in the field that I am studying, is that in the 1000 section of the Dewey Decimal System?

  • Scout

    After reading all the comments I wonder….why is it that N.C.can provide tuition free to residents and Ohio can’t? Just wondering? Now I understand thtat North Carolina probably has a bigger tourism industury than Ohio… but then again we have a lottery that was to go to public education and isn’t….so why not make the lottery dole out the excess-first k-12 and then colleges/universities???? Like I said, just wondering?