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Thursday, March 3, 2016

University of Akron Ordered to Refund $4.1 Million to Students for Improper Fee Increase

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 12:01 PM

Fear the Roo.
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State officials say it shouldn't have happened in the first place, and now the University of Akron has been ordered to refund $4.1 million to students for a "facility fee" increase the school imposed.

The facility fee was increased from $18.55 to $28.50 per credit hour to fix a $60 million hole in the budget. All students pay a facilities fee for up to 12 credit hours each semester. The fee pays for debt service charges on bonds for building student facilities.

But tuition and general fees at public Ohio universities are currently under a two-year budget freeze. The state reviews fees each year and determined the school's facility fee boost was a no-no, as it's a "general fee." 

U of A students will receive refunds of up to $238.80. The university says those will go out at the end of the current semester.

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