YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Tuition and room and board fees for undergraduate students at Youngstown State University will remain the same next year.
The decision to freeze tuition was announced as part of a $170 million budget, which is about $5 million less than last year.
“YSU will remain one of the most affordable universities in the state of Ohio as well as in the region,” said Vice President of Finance Neal McNally. “We are not increasing undergraduate tuition.”
Full-time tuition for undergrads at YSU will stay at $8,087 a year for Ohio residents, nearly $1,600 below the statewide average. Full-time tuition for out-of-state undergrads will remain at $8,327 a year.
Like many students, Taylor Rhoads is already facing looming debt.
“It makes me extremely antsy. I’m actually going to start paying on my loans now,” she said. “I don’t want the stress of looking at the large amount after I graduate.”
So far, Rhoads owes about $11,000 for her education. She says the price freeze takes away some of her anxiety.
There are 13 public universities in Ohio and ten of them have tuition more expensive than YSU.
Though tuition will be frozen for all state universities next year, costs at other schools have gone up. McNally says he’s trying to reverse that trend.
“Hold down the price of tuition and room and board where possible, and make college more affordable. We want to stay very competitive with room and board, especially with some of the private housing complexes that are coming online around campus. We need to keep our housing rates affordable and competitive so we can continue to fill those rooms.”
The room and board fee will stay at $8,990 a year, which is the lowest by as much as $3,000 among Ohio’s comprehensive, four-year public universities.
While undergrads will not see their tuition increase, graduate students will pay about 2.5 percent more next year. McNally says that’s because the school doesn’t want those programs to seem too cheap.
“We want our graduate programs to be high-quality and to be perceived as high-quality, so sometimes price correlates with that.”
Grad students in the business school will see prices go up the most. Some fees in those programs are increasing by 25 percent.
The university is also outsourcing the YSU Bookstore to Barnes and Noble, which will save $5 million from the university budget.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story reported that Kent State University was raising its tuition. Its tuition for undergraduates will remain the same and only graduate tuition will increase. WKBN regrets the error.