26 Apr 2012

Tuition Increase

Author: Mykel Lindsay | Filed under: BGSU, BGSU Board of Trustees, Enterprise Story, Spring 2012

By: Mykel Lindsay
Tuition Increase

Tuition could be expected to increase again for college campuses nationwide.

The Board of Trustees meets to discuss rates for this year and have concluded a 3.5 percent increase on tuition due to the lack of state funding.

“In 2011 state funding decreased $11 million,” Sheri Stoll, chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration, said. “For this reason, to balance income a proposal to raise tuition comes into effect.

With the new building additions to BGSU’s campus tuition could be raised again, reflecting on the past tuition increases.

2011-2012 Tuition Cost Break Down for BGSU

Ohio Residents Non Ohio-Residence
Tuition and Fees $10,044 Tuition and Fees $10,044
Total $10,044 Nonresident Fee $7,308
  Total $17,352

Not including other costs such as room and board for on-campus residence, meal plans, etc. the expenses are as listed without the tuition increase.

“I feel like tuition increase is unfair because we as college students are already struggling with personal expenses like outside bills so raising tuition just complicates our lives in more ways than one,” said Destiny Beddinghaus, 22, apparel merchandising major from Cincinnati, Ohio. “If we have to get another job or find more money to pay the increase it takes away time we could be spending on our academics.”

Following the trend of tuition increase at BGSU, in 2002, there was a 6 percent tuition increase.

In 2006 to 2009 the tuition rates remained the same due to reliable state funds.
In 2010 there was a 3.5 percent increase in tuition, resulting in a $159 increase per semester.

According to, from 1999-2010, prices at public undergraduate institutions have increased by 37 percent.

Without the distribution of funding and calculating costs of campus donation, the increase in tuition is a result of lack of resources in funding.

According to Geofrey Tracy, director of budgeting and resource planning, before an increase in tuition the review of costs are taken into account such as utilities and state wages.

“State funding has decreased 70 percent in recent years.” Tracy said.
With state funds being reduced, college institutions are usually in demand to raise the cost of tuition to continue the flow of income.

While the demand for tuition increases, students are still seeking to continue an education at college institutions.

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