What tuition pays for: Tuition and fees 101
Thousands of students go into debt every year earning college degrees in hopes of a long, successful career in their field of choice. Many will spend the next several years paying school loans with interest. But how many students know exactly what they are paying for?
Kent State’s tuition will rise 3.5 percent for the 2012-2013 academic school year, the maximum increase permitted by state law. This will cause many students’ school debt to increase further.
Tuition for a full-time, in-state student taking 11-17 credit hours is now $4,836. This does not include any additional school fees, such as course fees.
Students taking more than 17 credit hours will now pay an extra $440 per credit hour, a change that was approved by the Board of Trustees last spring.
Kent State’s tuition is broken down into two categories: instructional fees and general fees.
Instructional fees primarily cover faculty teaching costs and academic expenses, whereas general fees mainly support student services and operations, according to the Kent State Bursar’s Office website.
“The allocation of the general fee revenue is determined through the annual budget process,” said Emily Vincent, university media relations director.
Departments can request changes in allocations, but Vincent said the final decisions are made by the executive officers.