Costly Future

A COLLEGE education is a costly proposition these days. Unfortunately, in Ohio, it is only going to get worse.

Eleven of Ohio’s 13 traditional, four-year public universities will hike their tuition this fall.

Such news makes the burden of thousands of families even more painful.

Most of the universities have opted to boost tuition as much as state limits would allow this year: 2 percent or $188, whichever is higher.

While the increases may not seem all that large, they are being placed atop already pricey costs.

The total price tag of paying for college remains high in Ohio compared with public universities in other states, according to new rankings by the U.S. Department of Education.

Miami of Ohio made the top 5 percent of U.S. public schools with the highest tuition, with a net cost of $24,674 a year, based on 2011 data. But on the list of schools with the highest overall costs, five Ohio schools were among the top 25.

Ohio State ranked No. 9, at $20,000 a year. The University of Cincinnati was No. 16, ahead of Kent State University (No. 19) and Ohio University (No. 22).

Those numbers show that higher education is big business in the Buckeye State. Students and their respective families are the ones paying the price.

Some Ohio colleges opted against the 2 percent tuition hike.

Bowling Green State University froze tuition and fees on campus, Ohio State University kept tuition the same for in-state students, and Ohio University increased tuition by 1.5 percent.

We understand that colleges have the dual purpose of educating students and also making a profit.

However, we believe college costs are high enough, and a tuition increase of any amount is not warranted.