Postage Rates Changing in January

The Postal Regulatory Commission approved the U.S. Postal Service’s request for a change in postage rates effective Jan. 22, 2017. Some of the highlights include:

  • New first-class stamp rate will increase to 49 cents
  • Free “second ounce” will now be good up to 3.5 ounces for presort letters
  • Basic flats will increase from 94 to 98 cents
  • Standard Mail will now be called Marketing Mail (both commercial and nonprofit)

Here is a sampling of what to expect:

2017 Price Change Percentage By Mail Class


Percent Change

First-Class Mail


Standard Mail/Non-profit


Package Services



First-Class Mail

Current First-Ounce Prices



Percent Change

Stamped Single-Piece





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Kent State’s Mail Services will assist you to get the best postage rate available. Contact Steve Finley at 330-672-8703 or with questions.

POSTED: Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 3:53pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 4, 2016 - 9:34am