Out-of-state students could see cost increases for the 2014-15 academic year as the surcharge for non-Ohio residents has been proposed to increase 5 percent, pending approval at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting. The fees for room and board are set to increase somewhere between 4.1 to 4.3 percent.
In-state tuition for all Ohio State campuses, however, is set to stay the same again. Tuition for graduate students is also proposed to remain the same.
The tuition proposals were introduced at Thursday’s Financial Committee meeting, during which they were approved by that body.
Some course-based and technology fees will also see some increases, OSU chief financial officer Geoff Chatas said.
Interim President Joseph Alutto said the tuition plan was a reflection of OSU’s continuing “commitment to access and excellence.”
For the 2013-14 academic year, in-state tuition was set at $10,010 while out-of-state tuition was at $25,726, according to the OSU tuition and fees website. A 5 percent increase on the charge for out-of-state students would be an additional $780.
Room and board charges were about $10,800 for the 2013-14 year, according to the website. A 4.3 percent increase would equate to an additional $464.
Although a tuition freeze was enacted for in-state undergraduate students for the 2013-14 school year, non-resident tuition rose 2 percent.
Before that, tuition last rose across the board for the 2012-13 academic year. Tuition increased by 3.5 percent to about $10,000 at the time, while mandatory fees froze for the second consecutive year, so students only experienced a 3.2 percent increase in rates.
Trustee Michael Gasser, who is also the chair of the committee, praised the proposal but also suggested the recent trend of tuition freezes needs to be re-examined in coming years so the university doesn’t see a drop-off in the quality of its services.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that a 5 percent increase on the non-resident surcharge would amount to $1,286, which is 5 percent of the non-resident total tuition. The actual increase, which only includes the surcharge, will be $780.