Ohio U. approves increases for in-state students

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ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio University students who live on campus will pay more next school year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/I0Niua) that the school's board of trustees on Friday approved a 3.5 percent increase in tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students at the Athens campus. That's roughly a $345 increase that drives the school's tuition and fees above the $10,000 mark for the first time.

Trustees also backed a 3.5 percent increase in room rates and a 1.5 percent hike in board rates, for a $255 increase.

The newspaper reports students have protested the hikes over the last two months. School officials said they had no choice.

The tuition boost is expected to add $5.7 million to the university's budget.

Kent State and the University of Cincinnati have also approved tuition increases.