Kent State University to increase tuition and fees by 6 percent for in-state freshmen, but freeze that amount for four years

March 7, 2018

Kent State University to increase tuition and fees by 6 percent for in-state freshmen, but freeze that amount for four years

KENT, Ohio - Kent State University will increase tuition and fees by 6 percent to $10,612 for in-state freshmen this fall, but freeze that amount for four years.

The Tuition Guarantee plan, approved by trustees on Wednesday, will need to be approved by Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey.

Trustees also agreed to lock in the cost of a standard two-person room and basic meal plan at $11,362 a year for incoming freshmen.

The current tuition and fees of $10,012 for in-state undergraduates could not be be increased more than six percent under state law.

The adoption of Kent State’s tuition guarantee follows similar actions late last year by trustees at the University of Akron, Cleveland State University and Youngstown State University. Other public universities in Ohio have also adopted plans.

Annual tuition and fees for in-state freshmen at Kent State’s regional campuses will also increase by six percent to $6,004 for lower-division coursework and $7,024 for upper-division coursework.

While the current state budget imposed a tuition freeze, a state law allows state universities to raise tuition if the amount is guaranteed for four years. The measure is aimed at encouraging students to graduate in a timely manner and saving them money.

Kent State trustees also took the following actions:

Approved a $1 billion 10-year master plan

The master plan for the 866-acre main campus, including creating a gateway on Main Street, building a new College of Business Administration and adding green space.

Kent State University unveils $1 billion master plan that includes new entry, College of Business

The plan calls for creating an intergenerational village and a Greek village as well as renovating the Student Center and building additions for the School of Music and the Fashion School.

The university currently has no plans to issue bonds to finance the projects, including the first phase, which is expected to cost $220.8 million and be completed in 2020.

Approved a Flash Books program

Flash Books is a new program that provides students with digital versions of their textbooks and other class materials electronically delivered on their first day of classes. The program will save students money and shopping time, and ensure that students have the correct textbook editions and course materials for their classes.

Flash Books is part of an agreement with Barnes & Noble, which operates the university bookstore. Students in designated classes will be assessed a course fee for the faculty selected course materials at the actual cost for the textbooks/course materials.

Kent State is one of about 100 universities that will partner with Barnes & Noble for digital textbooks this fall. The projected savings to students varies from 30 to 70 percent compared to 2017 retail prices.

Agreed to build an airport classroom building

The $6.5 million, 18,000-square-foot building will replace modular structures at the Kent State University Airport and accommodate increased enrollment. The building will be funded by existing and anticipated donations secured by the university foundation.

Approved an honorary degree to commencement speaker Michael Keaton

Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton, who will speak at the university commencement on May 12, will be awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters.

Approved new scoreboard

The 12-year-old scoreboard system in the MAC Center will be replaced with a $1.7 milion center-hung digital videoboard that can be formatted uniquely for individual sporting and community events and will include upgrades to the public address and sound systems. The project will be funded through philanthropic and advertising revenues.