Meeting addresses concerns over student in-state tuition if GM Lordstown parents leave state

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NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Yet another complication has been brought to light resulting from the closing of the General Motors Lordstown plant. Community members are wondering what the tuition status will be of students either attending or looking to attend college in the state whose parents now live in another state for their job. Would they pay in-state or out-of-state tuition?

A meeting was held Friday afternoon at the Trumbull County Educational Service Center in Niles to answer that question and more.

The meeting opened with Lordstown Schools Superintendent Terry Armstrong repeating what he’d been told by a student from someone at Youngstown State University.

“Because her parents are going to be displaced and moved out of state, she would have to pay out-of-state resident cost for tuition,” Armstrong said.

YSU Admissions Director Sue Davis said Ohio law dictates the rules for in- and out-of-state tuition for all public universities. She presented various scenarios, starting with graduating high school seniors whose parents have moved out of the state to find work.

“They don’t lose their residency for 12 months, and if a student starts at YSU or any other institutions, as long as they maintain continuous full-time enrollment they are considered a resident for tuition purposes, even though the parent has moved out of state,” Davis said.

If a student is already enrolled at YSU and their parents move out of state, again, the student’s in-state tuition status remains. But, if a high school student is an underclassman with more than 12 months before college, then one of their parents must be a resident.

“It is a taxpayer’s benefit, so one of the parents actually has to be paying Ohio taxes,” Davis said.

Eastern Gateway Community College Vice President Arthur Daily said his school already has a program for displaced Lordstown workers.

“We’ve extended that Lordstown initiative, that free college tuition to those individuals that have been displaced and their family members,” Daily said.

Also at the meeting, Lance Grahn, the dean at Kent State University Trumbull, applauded the bringing together of everyone to clear up the issue.

“I think it’s important for the Valley to understand that all three of its post-secondary institutions are working together to ensure that our students can achieve what they want to achieve,” Grahn said.

So how big of a difference is in-state to out-of-state tuition? It’s significant. At YSU, one year of in-state is $8,900 and one year of out-of-state is $14,900. Over four years, that difference would be about $24,000.

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