Otterbein College president Kathy Krendl announced during Westerville's State of the Community address Tuesday, Feb. 23, that the college will lower tuition rates by 25 percent this summer.

Otterbein College president Kathy Krendl announced during Westerville's State of the Community address Tuesday, Feb. 23, that the college will lower tuition rates by 25 percent this summer.

The 25-percent reduction will apply to any undergraduate classes taken on campus or online during the summer session, which begins June 14.

"We are acutely aware of the financial strain that many central Ohio families are facing to ensure that their family members can receive a college education," Krendl said during her address.

"Moreover, the budget cuts many higher education institutions have had to make are projected to extend time to graduation for current and entering students," she said.

Otterbein also has added more courses to its summer schedule, and more classes are being offered either exclusively online or as hybrid courses, which include classroom instruction and online coursework.

The tuition-reduction program will be open to current Otterbein students, incoming freshmen, students of other college and universities and upper-level high school students, Krendl said.

A full list of courses being offered under the lower tuition rate is available on Otterbein's Web site at www.otterbein.edu/summer.