Sinclair Community College – Among the Lowest Tuition Rates in Ohio

An experienced lawyer and teacher, Kyle Kirts has worked in the legal field in both Illinois and Ohio. Before opening up a private practice in Dayton, Mr. Kirts worked as staff counsel in the Illinois House of Representatives as well as a lobbyist for the state’s Fraternal Order of Police. He received his juris doctor from the School of Law at the University of Dayton. Since 2010, Kyle Kirts has served as an adjunct faculty member at Sinclair Community College.

Of Ohio colleges, Sinclair Community College is notable for offering some of the lowest tuition rates in the state. The college has made a commitment not only to providing students with affordable tuition but offering them financial support as well. In fact, the school awards $80 million annually in scholarships and aid.

Recently, the college phased in a slight increase in its tuition to support rising technological costs. However, even with the added expense, the tuition for students, especially for those inside the county, is still among Ohio’s lowest. Yearly tuition rates are set between $2,400 and $3,800, while online classes are offered at $7.50 per credit-hour.


The Illinois Freedom of Information Act

Kyle T. Kirts, of Dayton, Ohio, an attorney for the past 15 years, currently focuses on criminal defense, probate, and landlord-tenant cases. Earlier in his career, he worked as an agency counsel at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA). While at DCCA, Kyle Kirts handled requests for public records made through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The FOIA’s purpose consists of promoting government transparency and openness by allowing public access to government records. These records range from reports and letters to recordings and other documentary materials. Agencies do not divulge confidential records or trade secrets.

All requests for information must be in writing, via letters, faxes, or e-mails. Persons must describe unambiguously the information they want and identify the request as an FOIA inquiry. Documents under 50 pages come at no cost; longer documents cost 15 cents per page.

Legislation passed in 2009 strengthened the FOIA by making permanent a public access counselor position within the state attorney general’s office.