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Universities hike tuition

The Associated Press

Nine of the state’s 13 four-year public universities have raised tuition by more than 7 percent now that lawmakers lifted a 6 percent cap on the increases.

Thursday, July 05, 2001

Nine of the state’s 13 four-year public universities have raised tuition by more than 7 percent now that lawmakers lifted a 6 percent cap on the increases.

The Legislature imposed tuition caps in 1990 as a way to control increasing college costs. Higher education officials said they needed to increase tuition beyond 6 percent because the state’s two-year budget had little additional money for public colleges and universities.

Rising Medicaid costs, a slowing economy and a Supreme Court order to fix the school-funding system put pressure on the budget, which went into effect Sunday.

Gov. Bob Taft opposed removing the caps except for Ohio State, which he said successfully argued it needed to raise tuition to be in line with comparable