The SSU Board of Trustees voted at a special meeting on July 10 to establish a tuition guarantee program that would begin fall 2018, pending approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The program, The Shawnee Advantage, would lock in the price of tuition, fees, housing and meal plans for four years for first-time freshmen entering fall 2018 and beyond.
“We want to help parents and students plan and budget for the cost of college,” SSU President Rick Kurtz said. “With this program, they can count on tuition remaining the same for four years. Affordability has always been a key focus at Shawnee State University and we are proud to offer a ‘best value’ education — combining high quality academic programs with affordable tuition.”
Kurtz explained that The Shawnee Advantage is a cohort-based, guaranteed undergraduate tuition program. It ensures that the cost of tuition, fees, room and board will not increase over the course of four academic years, or 12 consecutive semesters, for all new first-time or transfer students seeking an undergraduate degree. Tuition is set by the SSU Board of Trustees each academic year and guaranteed for four years for each entering cohort beginning with those entering fall 2018. The new program will not be available for new students entering this fall, current students returning, and those enrolled before summer 2018. Those students will follow the traditional annual tuition and fee schedule.
“We thank the trustees for their ongoing commitment to making a college education possible for students throughout our region, state, and beyond,” Kurtz added. “The Shawnee Advantage tuition guarantee is another example of that commitment — one that we believe our parents and students will greatly appreciate as they plan for the future.”
Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey said the guarantee is a positive way to make higher education more affordable for students and families.
“I congratulate the SSU Board of Trustees and administration for keeping their focus on students and for providing them with another tool for an affordable education that helps lead to completion of a degree,” Chancellor Carey said.