To cut down on costs to students, the governor wants to require colleges to provide textbooks to students beginning in the fall of 2018. Colleges would be able to charge a fee of no more than $300 to offset the cost of those course materials.
The University of Dayton already helps students pay for books by offering a book scholarship of up to $4,000 to students who visit campus and fill out at FAFSA application, said spokeswoman Meagan Pant.
The budget proposal will also try to encourage people who never completed their degree to finish it with the help of a scholarship.
The “Finish Your Future” scholarship program will be funded with $2 million in FY 2018 and $4 million in FY 2019 and would dole out scholarships to students who were within one year of completing their degree, according to the proposal.
One higher education item that made a return appearance in this year’s biennium was Kasich’s push for bachelor’s degrees to be offered at community colleges. The budget calls for specialized four-year degrees that don’t overlap with offerings at nearby universities to be offered at community colleges.
The community college proposal has been brought up a few times but died in the legislature last year. Officials at Sinclair Community College and Clark State Community College have been supporters of the concept.
“We appreciate Governor Kasich’s support for allowing community colleges the ability to offer job focused bachelor’s degrees that Ohio’s students cannot currently obtain,” Sinclair spokesman Adam Murka said in an email after Tuesday’s budget announcements.
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