Cincinnati State to raise tuition; maximum is $100 a year

May 27, 2014
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Cincinnati State to raise tuition; maximum is $100 a year 

The Cincinnati State Board of Trustees voted Tuesday (May 27) to increase tuition by up to $100 
annually, effective with the start of the 2014 Fall Semester.

For in-state students the increase amounts to $3.34 per semester credit hour (raising it 2.3 percent, to 
$148.64), up to the maximum of $100 annually authorized by the General Assembly for community 
colleges. With the increase, annual tuition and fees for a full-time student in-state student will be $4,717. 
(Because of reciprocity agreements, residents of most counties in Kentucky and Indiana near Cincinnati 
enjoy in-state tuition rates.) 

The move is expected to generate about $650,000 in additional revenue over the next fiscal year.
In its resolution authorizing the increase, Cincinnati State trustees said:

 The college has experienced a $1.86 million (6.1%) decrease in state funding since Fiscal Year 
2011 and a $2 million drop in revenue from tuition and fees as a result of the conversion to 
semesters in 2013.

 The college is developing a 2015 budget that anticipates significant cuts in operational expenses, 
but nonetheless needs the additional tuition revenue to maintain high quality instructional and 
support services for students and provide for financial stability.

 Even with the increase, Cincinnati State’s tuition and fees will remain lower than all but four of the 
12 other community colleges, branch campuses and regional universities in the Greater 
Cincinnati region. 

In a recent letter to Cincinnati State faculty, administrators and staff, Cincinnati State President O’dell M. 
Owens said the college is facing a $3.1 million operating deficit for the fiscal year that begins July 1. In 
the letter, he asked department heads at the college to plan for 5 percent reductions from 2014 total 
operating budget levels for the upcoming fiscal year. 

Cincinnati State last raised tuition, also by a maximum of $100, in June, 2013. 
Many institutions of higher education in Ohio have already raised tuition for the next year to the extent of 
the caps allowed under state law.

Cincinnati State ( offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate 
programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and 
sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the most comprehensive co-op 
programs among two-year colleges in the U.S.