As many as 2,000 Kent State students got pleasant news this week: The university is rolling back out-of-state tuition through an Ohio Board of Regents initiative.
That means their yearly bill for undergraduate tuition and fees could drop by nearly half, from $17,306 to $9,346.
The university is among those statewide taking part in Forever Buckeyes, an initiative included in the 2012-13 state budget and effective Sept. 29.
The program aims to recruit more students to Ohio’s tax-supported colleges and elevate the number of state residents with college degrees.
The University of Akron, the University of Cincinnati and Youngstown State are also implementing the program this semester, according to their websites or spokespeople.
Fall classes already were in session when the statewide program took effect. Kent State chose to implement the program retroactively, registrar Glenn Davis said.
“It was the university’s decision that this was in the best interest of our students,” he said.
KSU identified 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students who might be eligible for the reduced rate and is contacting them.
Eligible students will have to provide proof of graduation from an Ohio high school and evidence they have re-established residency in Ohio, such as a lease.
Students who earned GEDs or who were home-schooled are not eligible under the state rules.
The midstream reduction in fees could trigger changes in the amount of financial aid a student is eligible for next semester, Davis said.
The impact would be even greater on graduate students, who pay more and who are eligible for more in financial aid.
“Students will have to have an informed conversation” with their financial adviser, Davis said.
In the past, students had to establish residency in Ohio and wait a year before becoming eligible for in-state tuition.
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