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PSU president, Erickson, seeks lowest tuition hike in 35 years

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State University's president said he'll propose the lowest tuition increase in about 35 years for the coming school year.

Rodney Erickson made his comments Friday as he and leaders of the other state-supported and state-owned universities joined Gov. Tom Corbett at the Capitol to thank Corbett and lawmakers for rescinding a proposed cut of as much as 30% in state aid.

Erickson said he'll ask the Penn State trustees in July to increase tuition for Pennsylvania residents by 2.9% at the main campus in State College and 1.9% at the commonwealth campuses, including those in Berks and Lehigh counties.

Earlier this month, a report by the U.S. Department of Education ranked Penn State as having the highest in-state tuition of any four-year public university during the 2010-11 school year.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education will set tuition for its 14 universities, including Kutztown University, at a meeting on July 12.


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