A new report says in-state tuition at Ohio's public universities increased an average of three percent over the past five years.
That's the lowest increase in the country according to the College Board's Annual Pricing and Student-Aid Reports. But students at Ohio's public two-year schools are paying about nine percent more than they paid five years ago.
"There has been an increase this year, it was a slight increase in the overall. What we had in the past was a two tier system we had tuition for freshman and sophomore at one level and juniors and seniors at another level and this year we've made it all consistent, it's just one flat tuition fee per credit hour," said Director of Student Services at Ohio University-Zanesville, Susan Montgomery.
OU-Z helps Zane State College keep their tuition low as well.
"We gain a lot of efficiencies by being a co-located campus with Ohio University-Zanesville. We have a lot of coordination of services and that has enabled us to be efficient in many ways," said Zane State College Vice President for Business Services, Albert Brown.
Although tuition costs continue to slowly rise, the report says students are borrowing less to pay for college.