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Going to school this fall at Youngstown State University could end up costing students more money because a tuition increase and transportation fee are being considered for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Nursing major Mason Donahue said he chose YSU because it’s close to home and works within his budget. But this fall, tuition could cost him and in-state undergraduates an extra $94 a semester.
“It kind of stresses me out, but at the same time, it’s part of it in a way. You know you have to pay,” said Donahue.
The Finance and Facilities Committee approved a resolution for a tuition increase Tuesday, saying funding from the state has been declining for years and other Ohio universities are raising tuition.
“YSU’s tuition will remain, even with this increase, the lowest among comparable, comprehensive universities in the state,” said YSU Communications Director Ron Cole.
All students taking six or more credit hours might also have to pay a mandatory $115 transportation fee, even if they live on campus. The funds would help expand the shuttle service and pay for repairs to parking facilities like the $20 million Lincoln parking deck renovation project.
The board of trustees is set to vote on both resolutions next Wednesday.
Student Trustee Melissa Wasser said many students who do not having parking permits use the shuttle services. She said the fee would essentially replace the current $120 parking fee, a savings of $5 for some.
“This $115 dollars will give you essentially a parking permit, it will include that and you’ll be able to park on campus, and you’re also able to use the shuttle services,” Wasser said. “They’re looking to expand the shuttle services, which is what the transportation fee is going to cover. They’re looking to expand it to lunch-time service to downtown.”
YSU student Sara Petoka said the thought of paying more money doesn’t sit well with her. She said the increase in fees and tuition doesn’t necessarily mean more financial aid.
“When you to pay yourself, it’s kind of hard when you don’t get enough money from financial aid to pay the extra, you have to take out extra loans,” said Petoka.