BGSU BOARD APPROVES BUDGET PENDING STATE BILL
The Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees at its June 22 meeting approved educational and operating budgets with the understanding that the state biennial budget has not yet been finalized in Columbus. Ohio’s fiscal year 2018-19 budget is scheduled to be finalized and approved by the state legislature and the governor by June 30. State universities are also required by law to have a balanced budget approved and in place by that date.
“The budget proposal we presented to the board was prepared based on our best judgment and the information available,” said President Mary Ellen Mazey. “We strive to stay true to our promise of keeping a high-quality education accessible and affordable for our students while being fiscally responsible. We await a final determination of what will be permissible in the new state budget.”
The BGSU budget includes tuition and fee changes for the 2017-18 academic year. Following nearly four years with no tuition increases, the rates approved by the board for the Bowling Green campus, if allowed by the General Assembly, include a 2 percent increase for in-state, undergraduate tuition and general fees. This represents an increase of $8.75 per credit hour, or $105 per semester for full-time students taking 12 credits or more. Starting this fall, the total cost for full-time, in-state undergraduates would go from $5,295 per semester to $5,400. The breakdown of the $5,400 total is $4,638 in tuition (a $90 increase) and $762 in general fees (a $15 increase).
Graduate students will see a 2.5 percent increase for in-state tuition for fiscal year 2018, with an additional 2.5 percent increase effective in fiscal year 2019. General fees for graduate students will rise by 2 percent this fall. BGSU expects to enroll about 40 additional graduate students this year. This is the University’s first increase in graduate tuition in more than a decade.