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YSU approves tuition increase, $156.3M budget



Published: Thu, June 14, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

Youngstown

Youngstown State University students will pay $130 more per semester this fall after university trustees approved a 3.5-percent tuition increase.

President Cynthia E. Anderson said at a meeting Wednesday that these are difficult times for higher education in the state as the university, which used to receive about 75 percent of its funding from the state, has watched that decrease to about 20 percent.

“We didn’t want to raise tuition, and neither did any other university in Ohio,” she said.

Every comprehensive public university in the state though, “had to and did raise their tuition,” Anderson said.

The increase means full-time Ohio students will pay $3,856 per semester beginning this fall.

Even with the increase, YSU still has the lowest tuition of the state’s 11 public, comprehensive universities, university officials said.

The state average is $9,932 in tuition annually.

The board also approved a $156.3 million general fund budget for fiscal year 2013, a 1.5 percent reduction from the FY 2012 spending plan.

Trustee Harry Meshel cast the only dissenting vote.

“I’m uncomfortable with increasing tuition at the same time we’re voting for an increase in salaries,” he said.

The board also approved a three-year contract with the union representing university police officers, which calls for no pay raise the first year, a 2 percent the second year and an increase of either 2 percent or the same percentage as the faculty union, whichever is greater, in the final year.

Atty. Leonard D. Schiavone, trustee, cast the only vote against the contract. He declined to comment about his reasons.

Meshel said the university has made cuts and that he recognizes the significant reductions from the state, but he said he doesn’t agree with the timing of a tuition increase when students are facing increasing debt loads because of student loans and increasing employee wages.

Besides the tuition increase, several student fees also will increase.

The fee for a student parking permit fee will increase from $100 to $120 per semester.

An all-student transportation fee, which had been previously proposed, has been deferred. Only students who park on campus pay for a parking permit while all students would have paid the transportation fee.


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1oldstown(198 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Just another example of the bloated, bureaucratic failure that is public education.

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2Knightcap(682 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Greedy bass turds that's all. Giving out raises and building a 4 million dollar mansion. Even the termites at the Wick-Pollock are laughing so hard they're choking on the splinters. Here I thought money grew on trees only in Poland. I'm going down to Smokey Hollow and Monkeys Nest with a bushel today and see where those trees are at. These ignorant trustees have to go. No shame.

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3ailierdroit(105 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Also consider the fact that YSU will now charge a 2.75% 'convenience fee' to students who pay with a credit card, since the university doesn't want to pay for the students' transcation fees.

'Convenience' fee....rat bastards. They say it will save the university $300,000 a year. I can think of a few other things that would save the university $300,000 a year. Sad and pathetic teachers unions.

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4gdog4766(1401 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

For people who say there is no class warfare going on all you have to do is look here. The people making these financial decision are all well healed suburbanites. The could care less about the students. They raise tuition and fees crying poor. At a time when they knew the republicans were going to let the interest increase go through on students loans. They push for wage freezes and concessions from all but Andersons lackeys and minions. And then spend FOUR MILLION DOLLARS to rehab a building with no historical connection for Anderson to live in. If this were the sixtys there would be a pall of smoke over the campus.

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5DwightK(1236 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

They could save 4 million bucks by using that demolition money from the state to knock down the Wick Pollock. Either private investors think it is worth saving or it should be knocked down. It isn't worth taking money from YSU students to fix.

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6northsideperson(365 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Wick Pollock is being done with capital funds, not operating funds. These are two separate funds from the state and effectively two separate budgets at YSU.

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