Tuition may increase for OU med students

Students in Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine could pay $1,329 more in tuition next year.

OU’s Budget Planning Council will recommend a 5 percent tuition increase for the College of Osteopathic Medicine next academic year to compensate for a loss of some state subsidy, but the college still expects to remain one of the least expensive medical schools in the state.

“We’re the lowest-priced medical school in the state and we’re still projected to stay at that when we look at increases other schools are considering,” said John Day, associate provost for academic budgeting.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine is expecting a $2.2 million decrease in state funding for next fiscal year, according budget reduction scenarios released late last month.

OU recently announced that the College of Osteopathic Medicine received a $105 million gift from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, but that money is specifically allocated for scholarships, facilities, and building a regional extension campus in Columbus.

A 5 percent tuition increase would bring the college’s yearly tuition to $27,909 for in-state students, an increase of $1,329 from this academic year. Graduate programs are exempt from Gov. John Kasich’s proposed 3.5 percent tuition cap.

“It is our desire and our effort to keep tuition as low as we possibly can at the college and certainly to stay at or near the bottom of tuition for Ohio medical schools as best we can,” said Jack Brose, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine’s tuition has been rising for the past few years because of state funding cuts, Brose said. This year it increased 5 percent, as well.

“Costs are going up and the support from the state is going down; it has gone down every year for quite a number of years now,” he said. “(Tuition) has gone up at all the medical schools pretty much yearly to one extent or another. … It’s been a fairly steady rise.”

OU President Roderick McDavis will decide whether to include the tuition increase in his final budget, which must be voted on and approved by the university’s Board of Trustees at its June 24 meeting.

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