HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education voted today to freeze tuition for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year.
Last October, the Board requested $550 million in state funding for the next fiscal year to offset the need for a tuition increase. As part of a renewed partnership between the State System and the Commonwealth, the Board is also seeking $201 million in direct aid to students and at least $75 million of the remaining $150 million in federal funds that the General Assembly and the Governor will They have promised to continue. the robust transformation of state universities.
“Pennsylvania’s economy depends on talented and well-educated graduates of state universities, and we are focused on providing a quality, affordable public education to students of all backgrounds,” said Cindy Shapira, President of the Board of Governors. “We are hopeful that the legislature will support our funding request so that we can maintain the tuition freeze. With all the other rising costs in our economy, working families shouldn’t have to worry about paying more for public college tuition.”
Nearly 90,000 students attend a State System university, making it the largest producer of bachelor’s degrees in Pennsylvania. More than 88% of the student body resides in Pennsylvania, and 78% of Pennsylvania graduates are working within the Commonwealth three years after earning their degree.