Greene County News
FAIRBORN — Wright State University undergraduate students from Ohio can save up to 20 percent on tuition by taking undergraduate classes during the summer semester, under the university’s Summer Tuition Rebate plan.
Introduced last spring, the plan involves a 20 percent rebate that can be applied for up to three credit hours during the summer semester.
Students can save up to $236 on courses at Wright State’s Dayton Campus and up to $159 on courses at the Lake Campus this summer.
The summer rebate program is available to undergraduate, degree-seeking students who are residents of Ohio and who have successfully completed at least 24 total credit hours during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.
The rebate also applies to high school students who completed 24 credit hours at Wright State through Ohio’s College Credit Plus program and become degree-seeking university students this summer.
More information is available at wright.edu/summer-rebate.
Last summer, awards were made to more than 1,800 eligible students, who saved more than $400,000 in summer tuition.
The rebate is just one of the steps Wright State is taking steps to reduce the cost of earning an undergraduate degree for Ohio residents, said Provost Thomas Sudkamp.
“We are trying to save students money as quickly as we can. The Summer Tuition Rebate had immediate impact on the cost of attendance for Ohio undergraduate students last summer and we hope next summer it will have the same or greater impact,” Sudkamp said.
“Whether students are trying to save money or graduate early, taking one course each summer — in addition to the normal course load of 15 to 18 credit hours during fall and spring semesters — could help them complete their degree as much as a semester early, saving tuition and getting them out into the workforce,” said Amanda Steele-Middleton, university registrar at Wright State.
The rebate is just one reason for students to take classes during the summer semester, Steele-Middleton said.
The summer semester also offers flexible scheduling and numerous online courses. Many courses are offered over a six-week period, giving students time to work or enjoy a summer break while still making progress toward their degree.
Taking classes over the summer can also help students who need to catch up on credit hours to remain on track to graduate on time.
Wright State students also do not have to worry about ordering transcripts or transferring credits back to Wright State when they take summer classes.
Wright State created the rebate program in response to Ohio House Bill 64, which requires universities to develop solutions that make college more affordable for Ohio’s undergraduate students.
The university is implementing other measures to help students save on tuition and other costs.
Wright State reduced to 120 the number of required credit hours students must take in order to graduate in nearly all undergraduate programs. This is in line with the standard around the United States and Ohio and equates to 15 credit hours a semester, or five courses, Steele-Middleton said.
“Reducing the number of credit hours helps to streamline programs while continuing to prepare students for academic success and allowing them to graduate within four years,” she said.
The university is also increasing the availability of more affordable textbooks and participating in College Credit Plus, a state program that allows high school students to take college classes and earn both college and high school credit hours.