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The Final Third

Many private college and university students are unaware that their tuition only covers about two-thirds of the overall cost of their education. This is true across the country and Ohio Northern University is no exception. To cover the remaining costs, ONU counts on private support from alumni, parents and families, corporations, foundations, and even current students and employees.

While many students are aware that alumni, parents and other donors give back to the university through The Northern Fund, fewer are aware of how vital these donations are. Gifts to The Northern Fund support ONU with annual operating costs and the University’s highest priorities — student scholarships, financial aid and campus improvements.

To raise awareness of this important fact of university life, ONU will recognize Tuition Freedom Day, the symbolic day that tuition dollars “run out,” on Wednesday, February 22, to help educate students about what tuition does and doesn’t cover, and to recognize the generosity of donors.

“This campaign has shown the true generosity of the alumni, faculty and staff, parents and supporters of Ohio Northern University,” says Eric Ambose, a sophomore management major from Botkins, Ohio. “Their contributions have paved the way for Ohio Northern to continue a long tradition of providing students with a quality education that will present them with the tools necessary to pursue their goals and aspirations after graduation.”

For Adam Ritzler, a third-year Pharmacy major from Westlake, Ohio, Tuition Freedom Day gives him an opportunity to think about those who have contributed so much to his life.

“Because of the generosity of alumni and other supporters who fund scholarships and help to offset the operating costs of the school, I am able to attend Northern. This university means a lot to me. Not only am I getting a high quality education to prepare me for my future, but I have also met some of my best friends here.”

ONU will host a Tuition Freedom Day celebration in the McIntosh Center Activities Room on Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kelly Brant, director of annual giving, stresses this day is all about education.

“We’ve planned this event in an effort to educate students about philanthropy. It’s an opportunity to learn more about the tradition of giving and to show gratitude to those who invest both their time and financial support to better your education,” she says.

Fun facts, food, door prizes, a video and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. These are just some of the benefits of attending the event. All students and faculty are welcome to attend.

—Katie Hozan
Junior, Communication arts major
Homerville, OH