|Ohio State's Gee to seek in-state tuition freeze|
|Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press|
|Thursday, 28 March 2013 06:27|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In-state students are Ohio State University's first priority as a publicly funded school, university president Gordon Gee said Wednesday in explaining why he isn't also proposing a tuition freeze for out-of-state students.
Gee plans to formally propose the in-state tuition freeze to Ohio State trustees next week. Annual in-state tuition and fees at Ohio State's flagship campus in Columbus is $10,037, compared to $25,445 for out-of-state students.
Gee said the university will do all it can to help out-of-state students through scholarships, and wants the university to be competitively priced for all students.
"We're looking very clearly to remain competitive at the out-of-state level," he said. "The differential obviously always is that we belong to the people of the state so they're our first priority."
Gee has said Ohio State is able to freeze tuition at a time of diminished state funding and uncertain federal dollars because it has looked for other revenue.
State projections indicate most of Ohio's publicly funded higher education institutions will receive increases in the first year of Gov. John Kasich's proposed $63.2 billion, two-year budget, with 17 of the state's 61 universities, branch campuses and community colleges expected to receive cuts.
State higher education funding rises overall in the budget's first year, about 2 percent to $1.78 billion.
Ohio State is expected to receive a 3 percent increase under the plan, with three branch campuses experiencing cuts. Kent State and Cleveland State would see increases of more than 5 percent, Wright State of 3.5 percent and others smaller increases.
Overall, funding for five universities, seven branch campuses and five community colleges is expected to be cut.
The Ohio House is currently preparing its version of the budget, which must be finalized by the end of June.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached on Twitter at https://twitter.com/awhcolumbus.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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