Kent State University is joining most other public colleges in the state in increasing tuition for the fall, but the northeastern Ohio school will put all the money raised by the 1.5 percent increase back into financial aid.
Trustees approved the increase Thursday as part of Kent State’s $638 million budget for the 2013-2014 school year.
Kent was one of the last of the state’s tax-supported universities to set tuition rates for the fall.
The University of Akron, Youngstown State and Bowling Green increased undergraduate tuition by 2 percent, the most allowed by law. Ohio University announced a 1.6 percent increase and Miami University, 1.5 percent.
Cleveland State announced a 2 percent increase that will be rebated yearly to students who stay on track to graduation.
Ohio State, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Toledo are freezing tuition for the coming year.
Kent State officials said the entire $4.75 million the increase is estimated to generate will be applied to scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid for students. The tuition increase is Kent’s lowest in four years.
“We are being efficient. We are being effective,” university President Lester Lefton said. “This is a very effective use of a tuition increase, however modest it may be. We have to continue to commit to quality.”
The university also decided to charge an overload fee for students who take more than 16 credit hours a semester. That fee will raise tuition for about 10 percent of Kent’s undergraduates.