Pennsylvania state system tuition to rise amid budget gap

$224 increase approved for 2018-19 school year

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Tuition for in-state students at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities will rise by 3 percent.

The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education on Thursday voted to approve the $224 increase for the 2018-19 school year.

The system said tuition will rise from $7,492 to $7,716 for most full-time Pennsylvania residents, who account for nearly 90 percent of the system's students.

"I continue to be impressed with how our universities are able to offer an excellent higher education experience at a cost that is so much lower than other universities," said Cynthia D. Shapira, the board's chairwoman. "Providing high-quality, high-value education is our mission. Ensuring student success is our top priority, and we are also committed to the success of each of our institutions. Today's action underscores our commitment to all of that."

The total tuition increase amounts to $30 million, leaving what the system says is a budget gap of about $20 million that it must close.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature approved $468 million in aid to the system for the 2018-19 fiscal year, a $15 million increase.

"The increased investment from the commonwealth — for which we are greatly appreciative to both the governor and the Legislature — combined with the extraordinary efforts of the universities to control their costs will help us to continue to provide great value across the state system as we prepare students for success in their careers and their lives," said Shapira.

Still, the total amount is less than what the state approved for the system in 2000.

The state system's 14 universities include East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Millersville, and West Chester.

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