JACKSON TWP. — For the second time in two years, Stark State College will increase its tuition.

The college’s board of trustees voted to raise tuition by $5 per credit hour, effective for the fall semester. That means tuition will increase to $174.60 per credit hour.

The increase follows a $16-per-hour hike that was instituted last summer.

The increases come after the Ohio legislature approved higher rates for the state’s community and technical colleges.

Stark State President Para Jones said Monday that tuition increases are needed to maintain quality academic programs, hire and retain quality faculty and staff, keep class sizes small and provide state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. Stark State, the largest college in Stark County with 14,472 students, is the sixth largest of the 23 community colleges in Ohio.

It also operates a campus near downtown Akron and a satellite center in Barberton.

“Stark State College works hard to provide students with the highest quality education at the most affordable tuition,” Jones said in a news release. “This tuition increase will enable the college to continue providing quality educational programs that lead to in-demand careers, which is important to our students and employers.”

Jones, who emphasized that Stark State’s tuition continues to be the lowest in the area, said the college continues to seek ways to help make higher education more affordable for students.

She noted that the college and the Stark State College Foundation have provided a combined $900,000 in scholarships to students annually. She also said the college has provided students free public transportation through the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority, developed an emergency fund for students who have an unexpected, one-time need such as a car repair, and expanded textbook rentals to lower the cost of textbooks. Stark State also participated in a statewide Open Educational Resource consortium to reduce the cost of textbooks.

 

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