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OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - Miami University officials are asking that trustees vote to keep tuition froze for Ohio students though the fall and spring semesters of 2009-10.
However, officials ask that Miami increase tuition by 3.5 percent for summer sessions.
University trustees announced at their meeting in late June that Miami would keep tuition frozen for 2009-10. However, with the severity of a budget shortfall, the state legislature passed a biennial budget that modestly increases higher education funding this fiscal year and significantly reduces higher education funding in the following fiscal year. To compensate for overall reduced public funding in the biennium, state legislators allowed for a 3.5 percent in-state tuition increase this year and next.
Miami officials say the school is facing significant budget cuts this year.
"We had communicated a year-long tuition freeze to Ohio families who based their financial planning for the upcoming year on this information, we made the difficult decision to delay an increase until summer term," said David Creamer, vice president for finance and business services. "We believe that a tuition increase prior to next summer would impose an unanticipated financial hardship on Ohio students and their families."
As provided by the state legislature, the university will evaluate the possibility of increasing tuition in fall 2010. A decision will be made by next spring.
Miami's board of trustees meets next on Sept. 18.
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