PA State System universities to see tuition hike for 2017-18 school year

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — It’s going to cost a little more to attend a state university in Pennsylvania next year. The Board of Governors for the State System of Higher Education approved a 3.5% tuition hike for all state schools next school year.

That works out to an additional $127 each semester. In-state tuition for most full-time students would cost $7,492 per year. 

In a statement, Board of Governors Chairwoman Cynthia Shapira said, “the universities–despite the enormous challenges they have faced over the last decade, and continue to face today–have done an extraordinary job of controlling their expenses in order to maintain the best quality and affordable higher education for students.”

In total, 14 state universities will benefit from the additional funds, including Edinboro University. Declining enrollment and rising costs have threatened the institution’s survival.  

Jess Porter, a senior at the university, said, “I was concerned for the future students. I wasn’t really concerned for myself, but Edinboro leaves a legacy.  So, you care about the people coming after you that they’ll have that same education.”

The increase is expected to take effect this fall.

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