Ohio is a land of opportunity.
Its been home to some of the best colleges in the country for years.
It’s also a place that’s been in the spotlight lately.
And that’s led to some major changes in how college costs are being priced.
In 2016, the state of Ohio passed a law aimed at making it more affordable to attend college.
And now, the law is looking to make it even easier to do so.
But Ohio’s new rules will have an impact on other states too.
“You might be able to get a job and pay for your own education,” said Matt Mazzone, senior director of student and career services for the Ohio State University System.
“So if you’re in the labor market and you’re looking for a job or if you want to look for a better job, there’s an even bigger pool of college graduates,” Mazzon said.
The Ohio law allows for a $12,000 increase in the cost of attending college in each of the state’s 25 districts.
That means you can get a bachelor’s degree at $16,000, a master’s degree in the state at $20,000 and a doctorate at $30,000.
The law also requires students to have at least a 3.0 GPA and a 4.0 average GPA.
“It’s not like you’re going to be able do that for free,” Mouston said of the Ohio state law.
“There’s no way to get the same degree that you could have done, at a lower cost.”
Mouston says this is an important step to making college more affordable.
“We want to make sure that Ohio has an abundance of college-educated people,” he said.
“And we want to ensure that we’re helping those people who are currently struggling.”
The law allows universities and colleges to waive the requirement for students to obtain a 3 to 4.5 GPA.
The state also allows for colleges to offer scholarships up to $20 in tuition for students who meet certain criteria.
In the next few years, the Ohio law will also allow for students enrolled in certain vocational or technical programs to apply for scholarships.
“What we’ve seen in the last few years is that Ohio colleges and universities have been able to offer these kinds of scholarships,” Mooton said, adding that the university system is now looking at making the same scholarship available to students who want to pursue the bachelor’s and master’s degrees that they already have.
“Ohio is one of the most highly-educated states in the nation,” Muzzon said about the state.
“I think it’s just a matter of time before Ohio’s going to see the same kind of economic growth as other states, particularly the Midwest.”
While Ohio has been on the forefront of making college tuition more affordable, other states are catching up with Ohio in the area of scholarships.
The University of Wisconsin is looking into expanding the number of scholarships it offers to its undergraduate students.
It will also start awarding $10,000 scholarships for students with an average 2.5 or lower GPA.
Other states have been pushing back against the Ohio legislation.
In Michigan, the College of Education and the College Board are both suing the state over the law, arguing that it’s an unconstitutional attack on student loan debt.