Ohio University board approves 3.5% hike in tuition, fees for incoming med students

The Athens-based Ohio University board of trustees approved a tuition and fee hike for students attending OU's regional campuses as well as students attending the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Friday, according to The Athens News.

Incoming medical students will face a 3.5 percent tuition and fee increase, while regional campus students will see their tuition and fees increase by 2 percent, according to the report.

Deborah Shaffer, vice president of finance and administration at Ohio University, said in a press conference following the board meeting Friday that OU is currently undergoing a review process for its fiscal year 2018 budget.

Ms. Shaffer said the university assumes parts of Gov. John Kasich's state budget proposal will be approved later this year, including provisions that will increase state funding to the university by 1 percent and put a freeze on tuition increases across all public universities in the state, according to the report.

If the tuition freeze goes into effect under the state's final budget, the tuition hikes for incoming medical students and non-Ohio Guarantee students would be placed on hold. Students belonging to the Ohio Guarantee program, a state tuition program that locks in students' tuition and fees at a predetermined rate for 12 consecutive semesters, would still face a 3.3 percent increase in tuition.

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