Earlier this summer, Governor John Kasich told a group of over 1,000 young men to “take courses in college that advance their career goals.”  Kasich should have mentioned that they’ll likely need to do so in a different state due to the negative impact that his budget priorities are having on Ohio’s public universities.  Funding cuts by the Kasich Administration and Republican-led House & Senate have (not surprisingly) resulted in maximum tuition increases across all of Ohio.

We’ve got a roundup of that news from every corner of the state below.  In a state where residents are up-in-arms about “mismanagement” of education dollars and are even working to repeal levies to fund schools, I can’t understand why there isn’t more of an outcry about the ever-increasing gap between those who can and cannot afford to attend college, especially in a state where “we” are now talking about getting all of our students “College-Ready.”

In a story on WOSU this morning, reporter Andrew Miller presented more about Kasich’s opinion of the situation:

At one of the colleges, the Lorain County Community College, the program will be funded through tuition revenue, which is increasing by another 3.5% due to diminished state funding, according to the LCCC Board.

Kasich’s patent response to complaints about reduced funding? He said that the LCCC should “better husband their resources and have a focus.”

Kasich went on to say that he wouldn’t raise taxes to help the situation, that raising taxes would make the state less competitive, that it would “kill the state.”

So what exactly would raising taxes do to kill Ohio? Nothing Kasich isn’t already doing, himself, by pushing tax increases down to the local level, where the cost is born upon the smallest group of people, often across those who are most hurting.

We cannot continue to burden those who are supposed to be our future with the financial opinions of Ohio’s Republican legislators.  Without significant solutions to decrease tuition and increase state support for Ohio’s College-Ready students, we’ll soon be teaching our children to be College-Ready for another state.

University of Akron Board takes action on tuition
The Board of Trustees today approved a 3.5 percent increase to tuition and general fees, and a 3.3 percent increase to the transportation fee.

The increase is in response to budget pressures due to significantly reduced state funding of nearly $30 million over two years.

BGSU hikes tuition, fees 3.5%
With state funding to higher education continuing its decline, students at Bowling Green State University again will be asked to help make up the difference. The trustees on Thursday approved a 3.5 percent increase in tuition and fees for undergraduates — the maximum increase allowed by the state budget for public colleges and universities. 

Sheri Stoll, chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration, said BGSU expects to receive $67.2 million in state funding next year, about $2.8 million less than it received this year. She told the trustees the 2013 figure represents a 25.5 percent or $23 million drop in state support since 2010.

Cleveland State University raising tuition
Like other colleges across northeast Ohio and the country, Cleveland State University is the latest to announce a tuition increase in the fall.  The nearly 3.5 percent hike will raise tuition to more than $9,200 each year.

Tuition to Increase 3.5 Percent at Kent State
Tuition at Kent State University’s eight campuses will increase by 3.5 percent for the fall 2012 semester.  The university’s board of trustees voted today to increase tuition by the maximum allowed by the state in its biennium budget, which was approved last summer and included millions in dollars of cuts in state financial support to Kent State.

The university also voted to increase room and board rates by just under 4 percent.

Miami University raising tuition
Miami University students who are Ohio residents will pay an additional 3.5 percent in tuition next school year, the second such increase in as many years.

Treasurer David Creamer said this makes the third tuition increase in six years as the university “tries to make education as affordable as possible” while making significant budget cuts in light of a 21 percent reduction of state funding.

OSU parking lease, higher tuition OK’d
The board also approved a 3.5 percent tuition increase yesterday for the 2012-13 school year starting with the fall semester. Undergraduate tuition for in-state students will increase by $312 to $9,615.  Mandatory fees will remain at $421.
Room and board rates will also increase — from 4.8 per-cent to 5 percent — for the 2012-13 school year.

Ohio University raises fees, tuition
Campus trustees voted this morning to raise tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students at the Athens campus by 3.5 percent, the maximum allowed under the current, two-year state budget. Trustees also raised room rates by 3.5 percent and board rates by 1.5 percent.

Ohio University officials said they didn’t want to increase tuition, but had no choice because of declining state subsidies at a time when the school continues to grow. State support currently accounts for 22 percent of OU’s nearly $576 million operating budget. In 2001, it made up 46 percent.

Shawnee State Board of Trustees – March 9
WHEREAS, the President recommends applying the full percentage increase permitted under H.B. 153 in the amount of 3.5% to SSU’s prior year’s undergraduate tuition schedule;

WHEREAS, the President recommends that the prior year’s graduate tuition rates be increased by 3.5%;

UC Trustees approve tuition increase
Undergraduates and graduate students at UC’s Main Campus and its two satellite campuses in Blue Ash and Batavia will see a 3.5-percent increase in tuition.  UC students will also see 4-percent increases in room and board costs, as well as increased parking garage fees across the board.  UC will not be alone in experiencing tuition increases.  It is assumed that all public universities in Ohio will raise their tuition the maximum 3.5 percent allowed by the state, with the exception of Central State University, whose tuition will increase 3 percent.

UT trustees OK ’13 budget with 3.5% tuition boost
The University of Toledo’s board of trustees Monday approved a budget for next year that includes a 3.5 percent tuition increase for undergraduate full-time students.  Revenue from the tuition-rate increase will counteract a projected $7.6 million decrease in state funds.

Wright State approves tuition increase
By a unanimous vote, the trustees on June 8 passed a resolution approving an annual operating budget of $301 million and a 3.5 percent tuition increase.

The trustees approved an undergraduate tuition this fall of $8,354 per year, an increase of $284 per student over last year’s tuition of $8,070.

YSU approves tuition increase
Youngstown State University students will pay $130 more per semester this fall after university trustees approved a 3.5-percent tuition increase.

President Cynthia E. Anderson said at a meeting Wednesday that these are difficult times for higher education in the state as the university, which used to receive about 75 percent of its funding from the state, has watched that decrease to about 20 percent.

“We didn’t want to raise tuition, and neither did any other university in Ohio,” she said.

Every comprehensive public university in the state though, “had to and did raise their tuition,” Anderson said.