YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It has been quite a week for Youngstown State University.
Their president of seven months announced Monday he would be leaving the university to take the same position at Southern Illinois University. Speculation of YSU’s next president has included the name of longtime Penguin football coach Jim Tressel.
And Thursday evening, trustees announced they will be raising tuition for the fall semester.
“The reason being, we are already in an $8 million hole and if there is no tuition increase, the hole would be $10.5 million,” said YSU Trustee Chairman Dr. Sudershan Garg.
The increase is about 2.4 percent for Ohio students, which breaks down to $7.83 per credit hour or about $94 per semester for an undergraduate.
“Anytime the board considers an increase in tuition, it is a painful decision, but we cannot live without it,” Garg said.
YSU Communications Director Ron Cole said there are two major reasons for the increase: Decreased enrollment over the past three years and decreased funding by the state. He said because of the decreased state funding, increasing tuition is the only way officials can keep the university’s budget in line.
Even with the increase, YSU still has the lowest tuition among public comprehensive universities and is $1,600 under the state average for public schools.
The board met for most of the day on Thursday, and tuition was only one of the matters discussed in a lengthy executive session.
Dr. Garg said things have been difficult at YSU.
“All is very tough right now. We are going through a painful period, but hopefully a good period will come in a couple of weeks. They always say every dark cloud has a silver lining, so we are looking for the silver lining at this time,” he said.