July 12, 2007
By Tom Bosco
The new state budget allows for a tuition freeze not only on the Athens campus of Ohio University, but at the regional campuses as well. In fact, students at the Eastern campus will see a drop in tuition.
The news is most welcome, said Kevin Chenoweth, Eastern's student services manager.
"When most colleges or universities are raising tuition or, at best, keeping it the same, this is exciting news," Chenoweth said.
During the 2006-07 school year, freshmen and sophomores paid $139 per credit hour if they attended part-time. This coming year, freshmen and sophomores will pay $134 per hour instead. A full-time student registered for 11 to 20 hours will pay the comprehensive rate of $1,465 next year instead of the $1,527 they paid this year.
Ohio University-Southern Dean Dan Evans, who serves as executive dean for the university's regional campus system, said the tuition decrease at Eastern is an attempt to remain competitive with nearby colleges in Ohio and West Virginia. He pointed out that Ohio University-Southern also has employed this strategy to attract students.
"Ohio University-Eastern and Ohio University-Southern are unique in that we are border campuses," Evans said. "In order to compete with out-of-state colleges, we wanted to create something to give us a competitive edge."
Crystal Lorimor contributed to this report.