Lefton announces zero percent tuition increase

Christina Stavale

The Board of Trustees will approve a zero percent increase in tuition tomorrow.

The tuition freeze will be for the coming fall and spring semesters. President Lester Lefton said in an e-mail to all Kent State students that he also expects tuition will not increase for the following academic year.

“We commend Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and the leadership of the Ohio House and Senate for the state investment in public higher education, which makes it possible for us to hold the line on tuition,” he wrote.

David Creamer, senior vice president for administration, said in past years tuition has increased by 6 percent per year, and the state’s recent efforts to lower this amount are part of a recent trend of increased support for higher education.

Ohio’s budget is also ready for approval. It includes both the tuition freeze for the next two years and a $100 million scholarship program for college students studying math, science, engineering and technology.

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