27 January 2006

Higher Education Still Weak in Ohio

U of Toledo's newspaper reports Ohio tuition still among the highest:

The review ranks Ohio as 15 out of the 50 states for familial financial contributions, placing 40 out of 50 for state government appropriations.

Even with grants and loans, Ohio is behind in assisting students with their financial burdens.

Of Ohio students, 21 percent receive state grants compared to the national average of 37 percent, according to the review.

Wright State's newspaper reports student interest costs are rising:

Students who are currently taking out loans may groan when they hear that Stafford Loan Interest rate have risen 2 percent from 2.77 to 4.7 percent.

UD will increase tuition by 8.1%:

According to UD’s institutional research office, UD’s tuition is fourth-lowest among the 25 largest Catholic campuses. It is very close to the national average for private universities.For this reason, Curran said, he does not face as many questions from students and parents about the rise in tuition as he might otherwise.“They realize we’re much less expensive than other universities of our size,” he said.

State Rep. Earl Martin sponsored a bill to address a part of the problem:

A bill in the Ohio House of Representatives that has recently reached committee would, if passed, give a tax credit of up to $30,000 to Ohio college students who graduate with a degree in math, engineering or the natural sciences.

Summary of HB 359.

If you want to contact your state rep about this bill but don't know how, you can find out his/her name and contact info here.

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