After receiving permission to raise tuition and fees by 3.5 percent for winter and spring quarters of 2009-10, Ohio University has decided to apply the increase only to tuition, President Roderick J. McDavis announced Thursday in an e-mail to the university community.
The Ohio University Board of Trustees approved the increase in August and had given the university administration flexibility to determine whether to apply it to both tuition and fees or just tuition.
According to the memo, tuition revenues go into the General Education Fund to support academic programs and activities, while General Fee revenues support student programs, engagement and learning activities outside the classroom.
"The distinct purposes for which tuitions and fees are used guided my decision making," McDavis said.
The university will also be using $550,000 of these revenues to support students who were negatively impacted by changes to the Ohio College Opportunity Grant program. These students will receive $208 to cover the total tuition increase for winter and spring quarters and $66 to cover the increase in the technology fee for the 2009-10 academic year. OCOG provides need-based tuition assistance to Ohio students from low to moderate-income families.
The tuition increase applies only to undergraduate students on the Athens campus and will not affect regional campuses or graduate students.
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