Despite opposition from some students, Ohio University trustees approved a $164 increase for Ohio undergraduate students on Friday.
According to the university, the increase will be to instructional and general fees for in-state undergraduate students.
The university said that the increase demonstrates a balance between controlling costs and having enough resources to support strategic priorities.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, about 15 students attended the trustee meeting on Friday to protest the tuition hike.
The board president, Roderick J. McDavis, said that the university supports free speech.
“I support the expression of free speech that took place at today’s Board of Trustees meeting, but I do not condone the manner in which the protests were carried out. Unfortunately, the disruption by some students detracted from the message and undermined the event’s overall effectiveness.” McDavis said in a statement emailed to 10TV News on Friday afternoon.
Out-of-state and graduate tuition and fees will not change with the hike. Ohio University medical school students will pay 5 percent more, the Dispatch reported.
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