Ohio State proposes Tuition Guarantee rates for incoming first-year students

Since 2018, in-state first-year students have benefited from the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee, which locks in tuition, housing and dining costs for each entering cohort for four years. For autumn 2021, the university plans to increase tuition and fees for incoming Ohio freshmen by 3.8%, which equates to a $418 annual change from last year’s rate, according to a proposal being presented to the university’s Board of Trustees on Thursday.

The new rate will then be frozen for four years for these students, who will become the sixth straight class of Ohio students to graduate with no tuition and fee increases. The guarantee provides students and their families with predictability about college costs by locking in-state tuition, mandatory fees, housing and dining for each incoming class of undergraduate students from Ohio.

Based on Ohio State’s tuition and fee proposals, the university would remain the second most affordable for resident undergraduates among selective admission public universities in Ohio and at the median for in-state tuition and fees among public Big Ten schools. The university evaluates tuition and fees annually and sets rates based on program needs and market data.

“It’s vital to keep Ohio State affordable and accessible and to stay true to our history as a land-grant university – to enable students from ordinary backgrounds to do extraordinary things,” said Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson. “By locking in costs, we’re continuing to provide a predictable path for students and their families to plan for and invest in their futures.”

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