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.”