By Denise Dick
Resident Youngstown State University undergraduate students will pay 2.4 percent more in tuition next fall and many also must pay a $115-per-semester transportation fee.
The university trustees’ finance and facilities committee approved the measures Tuesday. Both are to be considered by the full trustee board next week.
Committee members unanimously approved the transportation fee, while Trustee Harry Meshel cast the lone dissenting vote on the tuition increase.
Gene Grilli, vice president for finance and administration, said the increase is needed as public universities rely on two sources of revenue: money from the state and tuition income. As the allocation from the state has decreased, universities must rely more heavily on tuition to maintain academic quality and student services, he said.
The 2.43 percent increase is for resident undergraduate students, boosting the per-semester charge from $3,856 to $3,959.
For nonresident undergraduates who live in the region, it increased 2.74 percent, and 1.69 percent for nonregional undergraduates.
The increase for resident graduate students is 3 percent. For nonresident graduate students who live in the region, the increase will be 3.23 percent while non- regional graduate students will pay 31.61 percent more.
Neil McNally, interim associate vice president, budget planning and analysis/treasurer, said the undergraduate increase falls within the tuition cap proposed in the latest state budget bill.
It will garner about $2 million in additional revenue next fiscal year, McNally said.
The $115-per-semester transportation fee, applicable for fall and spring semesters, will be mandatory for students enrolled for at least six credits. It’s optional for those with five or fewer credits. The fee will be $58 for summer semester.
“Our goal is to provide all students with safe and secure parking on the YSU campus,” said Danny O’Connell, director of support services.
The fee is less than the $120-per-semester parking permit fee students now pay to park on campus.
O’Connell said the $318,000 to $320,000 per year the fee is expected to generate will be earmarked for replacing the M2 parking deck on Lincoln Avenue. That need isn’t anticipated until 2026, and O’Connell said the fee won’t be enough to do the whole project. The fee structure should be reviewed every four years, he said.
About $450,000 per year is generated by parking services now. Besides the deck replacement, that money also will be used to enhance YSU shuttle service as well as maintain current parking facilities.
Shuttle service runs about every five minutes from the lots in the Smoky Hollow area of campus to the Williamson College of Business Administration. YSU’s Student Government Association supports the fee.