Penn State board proposes tuition hike for ’17-’18 school year

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Penn State students may soon be seeing a spike in their cost of attendance. On Thurday, the university’s Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning proposed an operating budget for the coming school year which, if approved, would establish an aggregate 2.45% increase in undergraduates’ tuition rate.



The board will vote on the budget tomorrow.

In a statement, the board explained that the drafting and proposal of the budget comes at a time when the school is unsure of what its future state endowment will look like, given the state legislature’s failure “to establish appropriations for state-related universities, such as Penn State” during the budget impasse at the end of June.


“We have moved ahead with our proposed budget despite the uncertainty of our appropriation because the operations of the university must continue, as well as our commitment to students and their families,” president Eric Barron said.





Eight of the school’s 19 satellite campuses will see no increase in tuition. Out-of-state pupils will see a 3.85% hike, if the budget is approved. For the previous school year, Pennsylvania residents studying at the University Park campus paid $17,900 in tuition and fees, while non residents paid $32,382.

Barron acknowledged in the press release the costly nature of attendance at Penn State and universities in general.

“In building the proposed 2017-18 operating budget, Penn State has placed the highest priority on keeping tuition increases as low as possible, while continuing to provide the highest quality educational experience for students,” said Barron. “The proposed budget, tuition and fees package reflects the University’s comprehensive and ongoing efforts to control the cost of a Penn State degree.”

The proposed tuition hike comes a week after similar mark-ups were announced at Pennsylvania’s 14 state schools (3.5%) and Temple University, (2.5%) which is considered a state-related university.






















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