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Holding the line on tuition

Alissa Widman Neese • Dec 12, 2013 at 4:38 PM

As final exams inch closer, many college students are experiencing end-of-the-semester stress.

Factor in the strain of paying for their costly degrees, and it’s safe to say they’re frazzled.

BGSU Firelands student Erin White, however, said she can breathe a sigh of relief this week.

The college announced Wednesday it won’t be increasing tuition or general fees for the upcoming school year, according to a news release.

“It’s a good thing to hear it’s not going up any more, because college is already so expensive,” White said. “A lot of students go to BGSU Firelands to save money, and now we’re going to be saving even more”

This year’s tuition freeze bucks a trend of steadily increasing college costs statewide.

In the past five years, annual tuition at BGSU Firelands has increased each year, from $4,212 to its current rate of $4,930. The additional $718 is an increase of about 17 percent.

Tuition at Bowling Green State University main campus, as well as general fees and room and board costs, will also not increase in the upcoming school year, according to the news release.

At BGSU Firelands, one could argue a tuition freeze is even more significant, as many students choose to attend the regional college because of its affordability.

White, who lives in Sandusky, works a part-time job while studying full-time to obtain her visual communication technology degree, she said.

“BGSU Firelands is an exceptional value in higher education,” BGSU Firelands dean Bill Balzer said. “With the current freeze on tuition and fees we will be able to continue to offer a quality university education at half of the cost of many other institutions in the state”

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