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Tuition At Pennsylvania State-Owned Colleges To Rise 7.5 Percent

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Tuition at West Chester University, Cheyney (photo), and the other 12 state-owned universities will take the biggest jump in nearly a decade this fall — the first of many consequences of the state budget passed by the legislature this week.

Tuition will increase by 7½ percent, or $436 per student, for the coming academic year. There will also be a 50 percent ($116) increase in the technology fee.

And Kenn Marshall, spokesman for the State System of Higher Education, says that won’t cover the entire deficit.  Each of the 14 universities will have to find their own way to make up the rest of the lost state funds, he said.

“It’s difficult to cut academic programs at this time of year because we’re already getting ready to start the semester,” he notes, “but there are other ways: putting off maintenance projects, putting off purchases. There are a number of things they can do.”

It could be worse — the effect of this increase is perhaps blunted by the fact that tuition increases at the state-owned universities have been below the rate of inflation for four of the six previous years.

Reported by KYW Harrisburg Bureau chief Tony Romeo

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  • NotALemming

    These colleges have NO problem raising tuition and fees every single year, when state funding isn’t being cut. So why is this newsworthy, now? Gotta pay those 6 figure prof salaries for guys who teach 1 class, and spend the rest of the time doing “research,” after all….

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  • Todd McDonald

    Pennsylvania state colleges should be cutting administrative staff, not raising tuition. Administrative staff has ballooned over the past 40 years. Administrators just aren’t as necessary as administrators like to think they are. Unfortunately, it’s these same administrators who are making the decisions about budgets.

  • bottomline

    It’s time people start to think – do you really need a college education to work at MacDonald’s, sell cars, teller in a bank. Too many people are throwing away their money for a sheepskin. Do yourself a favor and get real, no one pays big for a floor sweeper with a diploma..

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