The change was approved Thursday by the YSU Board of Trustees’ Finance and Facilities Committee. The full board votes on the proposal March 12.
For full-time undergraduate students living in Ohio, tuition will increase $94 per semester to $4,043, or $8,088 a year.
Even with the increase, YSU’s tuition is projected to be the lowest among Ohio’s 11 public comprehensive universities and more than $1,600 below the statewide average for public universities.
The increase is within the tuition cap set by the state, which limits in-state undergraduate tuition increases to $188 per year for a full-time student. University officials said the adjustment, which will raise approximately $2 million in revenue, is needed to help offset continued declines in state funding and enrollment. YSU’s state allocations dropped $768,000 this fiscal year and are expected to fall by a similar amount in fiscal year 2015. That’s in addition to declines of $1.1 million in fiscal year 2013 and $7 million in fiscal year 2012. Ten years ago, state funding made up 50 percent of YSU’s general fund budget. Now, the state funds only 25 percent. Meanwhile, after a decade of increases, enrollment has dropped about 12 percent in the last three years, amounting to a loss of about $12 million in tuition revenue.
The tuition plan also includes the continuation of the YSU Affordable Tuition Advantage, which provides substantially lower out-of-state surcharges for undergraduate students in 16 counties in Western Pennsylvania, as well as four counties in West Virginia and one county in New York state. Tuition for those students will increase the same $94 to $4,164 a semester, only $120 more than the in-state rate, making YSU more affordable than nearby out-of-state universities, including Slippery Rock and Clarion in Pennsylvania.
Undergraduate tuition for students outside of Ohio and outside the counties included in the Affordable Tuition Advantage program will be $6,950 per semester.
Graduate student tuition will increase $158 or 3 percent per semester to $5,440 per semester for in-state full-time students and $5,561 per semester for students in the Affordable Tuition Advantage program. For all other out-of-state students, full-time graduate tuition will be $7,046 per semester.