BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

May 8, 2006
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Sharon Cook

Trustee Sharon Cook (left) greets Dr. Lynn Darby (right) as Dr. Alex Goberman looks on at the reception for faculty receiving promotion and tenure May 5.

University reduces expenses, raises fees to balance budget

At its final meeting of the academic year May 5, the BGSU Board of Trustees took steps to keep income and expenses balanced.

The trustees passed a 2006-07 educational budget of $259 million for the main campus that contains both student fee increases and $1.13 million in operating cost reductions.

Under the University's two-tier fee structure, trustees raised tuition by 6 percent for continuing undergraduates who entered BGSU before summer 2002, and by 5.8 percent for students who started classes in summer 2002 or thereafter. In dollars, the per-semester increases are $249 and $250, respectively. The board also passed a 5.9 percent tuition increase, or $321 per semester, for full-time graduate students, and a 2.75 percent increase in tuition, or $57 per semester, for students enrolled full time at BGSU Firelands.

Also approved were auxiliary, dining hall and residence hall budgets for the coming academic year. Trustees voted to increase both the cost of meal plans and the cost of room rates by 4 percent.

Total tuition, room, board and registration fees for the coming academic year will be $15,430, a $748 increase from last year, for an Ohio student who has been attending the main campus since before summer 2002, and $15,744, or $750 more than last year, for undergraduate students who entered the University during or after the summer of 2002. 

Dr. Christopher Dalton, senior vice president for finance and administration, told the board that expenses are projected to increase next year by 6.4 percent, or $15.7 million more than the annual educational budget the board adopted in June 2005. 

"Utilities alone are up 18 percent," Dalton said, noting that the University is not immune to the pain of skyrocketing fuel costs. "Even the cost of food in the residence hall cafeterias is affected by rising transportation costs fed by gasoline prices," he pointed out.
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