Ohio Leads Nation in Holding the Line on College Tuition Increases
College affordability is a challenge faced not only by families, but also by colleges and universities that strive to remain affordable and accessible. - The College Board
With enrollment increasing at state and private colleges and universities, there was a second bit of good news for Ohio last week when the College Board released its 2008 report, Trends in College Pricing.* Ohio is leading the nation in holding down tuition costs at state colleges and universities. Private colleges and universities are also holding the line, ranking the state 11th in the nation on lowest tuition increases.
Key to Ohio's ranking in the public college sector was the state's decision to institute a two-year tuition freeze at all University System of Ohio schools during the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 academic years. This propelled the state to the top of the charts in holding down tuition while some states were witnessing double digit increases.
Ohio still has a way to go, however, in bringing its tuition sticker price in line with the national average. The report rates Ohio's four-year public schools as the eighth and its two-year public colleges as the 11th most expensive in the nation.
However, Ohio's ranking of college tuition sticker price is even better than the College Board reports, noted Chancellor Eric Fingerhut last week. This is because the College Board counts Ohio's regional branch campuses as "two-year" schools, though many of the regional campus students are working toward bachelor's degrees. "If they were counted as part of The College Board's 'four-year schools,' Ohio's rank would improve since regional branch campus tuition is less expensive than tuition at the universities' main campuses. This is good news for Ohio," said Fingerhut.
Good news such as the state received last week is important in Columbus as making college affordable remains a key component of Ohio's 10 Year Strategic Plan for Higher Education.
Average Increases in 2008-09 College Tuition
* This report and others may be downloaded from: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/trends