Soon after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state’s biennium budget last week, Kent State University tweeted that their students should expect an email about their tuition e-bills on Friday and that the payment due date had been extended to Aug. 9.
“Last week, we notified students that their Kent State fall 2019 e-bill, which normally would be distributed to students on July 16, had been postponed due to legislative delays in finalizing the Ohio state budget. The Ohio state budget has now been approved and we can proceed with finalizing tuition and financial aid,” the university wrote in a letter to faculty and staff on Thursday.
Additionally, Kent has extended the hours of the One Stop for Student services, which helps students navigate financial aid, registration and fee payment. A list of extended in-person and phone hours are available at https://www.kent.edu/onestop/important-information.
Kent State, along with several other public universities, including Cleveland State University, notified students on July 11 that billing for the upcoming fall semester would be delayed because of the pending state budget. Other public universities, including the University of Akron and Northeast Ohio Medical University, were not affected.
According to Jeff Robinson, director of communications for the Ohio Department of Education, the difference in delay was due to tuition increases and the type of university.
UA did not have a delay because its tuition increase, 1.5%, coincides with permanent law and therefore did not rely on the new budget. Kent State’s tuition increase, 3.5%, went above permanent law and so was contingent on the passage of the new budget. Northeast Ohio Medical University was not affected because it is not an undergraduate school, Robinson said.
For more information about Kent State billing, contact One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000.
Reporter Krista S. Kano can be reached at 330-541-9416, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @KristaKanoRCedu.