Kent State University is the latest higher education institution that will be raising tuition, citing the state budget and record enrollment.
In a news release, KSU officials said it recorded the highest enrollment in its 100-year history, making it the second largest public university in Ohio.
Trustees approved the 3.5 percent tuition hike for undergraduate and graduate courses on the university's eight campuses, effective the upcoming fall semester.
Concerns over the state facing serious financial challenges was the main reason for increase in tuition. KSU officials said based on the new state budget, Kent State is projected to receive about $16 million less from the state in 2011-12, across its eight campuses.