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YSU trustees approve tuition increase

Published: Thu, March 13, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Denise Dick



Youngstown State University tuition will cost more next year after university trustees approved increases.

The increases are about 2.4 percent for undergraduate students and 3 percent for graduate students.

Full-time YSU undergraduate students will be paying $94 more per semester next fall, while graduate students pay $158 more per semester. The increases were approved Wednesday by university trustees with Harry Meshel the only one to vote no.

The increases will generate about $2 million in revenue, and university officials say that money is needed to offset declining state funding and enrollment. The increase raises from about $3,950 to about $4,044 the cost per semester for resident undergraduate students. The increase is within the annual tuition cap set by the state, which limits increases for full-time undergraduate students to $188 per year.

The per-semester cost for resident YSU graduate students increases from about $5,283 to about $5,441.

The tuition plan also includes a continuation of the university’s Affordable Tuition Advantage, a program that offers lower out-of-state charges for undergraduate students in 16 Western Pennsylvania counties, four West Virginia counties and one in New York. Tuition for those students increases from $4,070 to $4,164 per semester.

Undergraduate tuition for other out-of-state students increases from $6,950 to $7,044 per semester. Per- semester tuition for nonresident graduate students within the Affordable Tuition Advantage counties increases from $5,403 to $5,561, and for nonregional graduate students, it increases from $6,888 to $7,046 per semester.

Room and board rates at university halls increases 2 percent under the new structure. That change would bring in an additional $150,000 in income.

Trustees also approved the creation of three new positions. The student support specialist in the Office of Distance Education will assist in recruitment and retention of students earning online degrees. The position will pay about $43,000.

Trustee Ted Roberts voted against the resolution. In a University Affairs Committee meeting last month, he was concerned about creating a new position without seeing a plan for how it would save university dollars.

The other two positions, associate director of open source systems and associate director of institutional research and analytics, would each earn about $84,000 annually. By hiring people to those new posts, the university would save money, officials have said.

Meshel and Trustee Carole Weimer voted against the open source systems position, and Meshel, Weimer and Roberts voted against the institutional research position.

The board also passed a resolution of appreciation for Melissa M. Wasser, student trustee since 2012, whose last meeting was Wednesday.

Dr. Sudershan Garg, trustee chairman, thanked Wasser for the “candor and perspective she brought to the position.”


1handymandave(567 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

If the trustees at YSU can't do anything else correctly,they've got the tuition increase every year down perfect. Problem is students are beginning to look elsewhere for their educational needs and lets not forget the job market today isn't that college friendly.

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2DwightK(1531 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

A whole university full of smart people an and no one can figure out how to keep costs down.

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3lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Agreed...go with her eivo. Your arrogant elitism fools no one. Fact is, I guarantee I can "buy and sell" your net worth multiple times. But, I like Youngstown. I'll fight for Youngstown. And I know that Youngstown is remaking and re-inventing itself into a robust community again. A community that has no room for a$$holes like you.

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4eevo(51 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

That's two. Go ahead, make my day. Make me say "that's three".

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5lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Here's three eivo. The fact that you have made 1287 posts and could respond to mine in under 11 minutes is a "tell". You've nothing better to do with your pathetic, pitiful life then lurk on messages boards trying to project a dishonest, fabricated online persona. Your mom must be so proud of you.

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6papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

I agree with gdog. college students in the sixties helped bring an illegal war that cost 58,000 americans lives to an end. they hit the streets. today since there's no draft and threat to send them to war, they don't get involved. this country needs to hear from gen x. they will be taking care of us in years to come. how do they feel about what is happening in the country and around the world. it will be theres' soon. it seems the only thing they care about is legalilizing pot. then someday if the Chinese decide to just come marching in and take over our country that they're in the process of buying out from under us, the gen x'ers will say, "hey dude, what's with the guns? and don't bogart that doobie."

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