State Sen. Tom Sawyer, D-Akron, with support from State Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, proposed a bill Tuesday, July 17, 2012 that would limit fees college students pay for taking extra credit hours on top of a full-time load.
Students who decide to take more credit hours to graduate early, or who wish to double major, will benefit from Sawyer’s Ambition Penalty Relief Act if passed, which aims to cap what a university considers a maximum full-time course load.
Central State University students pay full-time tuition for courses they take between 12-18 credit hours. Above those hours, however, students pay an additional “overload fee” of $144 per credit hour.
“I don’t think that a student should be basically fiscally punished for being willing to take on a heavier load than the average student is,” said Lehner, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee.