State System board to vote on tuition hike

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The board of the State System of Higher Education today is expected to vote on a recommendation to increase undergraduate tuition by 4.5 percent for the coming school year.

That would amount to an increase of $250 through two semesters, bringing tuition to $5,804 for the academic year for in-state students.

About 90 percent of the 117,000 students in the system are Pennsylvania residents. The board typically increases out-of-state tuition by a similar amount.

The recommendation was made Thursday by the board's administrative and finance committee.

The percentage increase is bigger than the 3.7 percent increase the state-owned system put in place for 2009-10.

However, it is a smaller percentage than those already approved by the two state-related universities, the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University.

Pitt last week increased its tuition by 5.5 percent, or $732 a year, bringing the yearly tuition to $14,076 for those enrolled in arts and sciences.

Earlier this month, Penn State raised its tuition by 5.9 percent, or $808 a year. That amounted to $14,412 annually for in-state freshmen and sophomores.

Pitt and Penn State have different tuition rates for various programs.

The State System sets the same tuition for all undergraduate programs on its 14 campuses, including California, Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana and Slippery Rock in Western Pennsylvania.

The recommendation also includes a $25 increase in the technology fee, which would raise it to $231 for the academic year.

Education writer Eleanor Chute: or 412-263-1955.


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