Board of Trustees

Penn State trustees approve tuition increases

The Penn State board of trustees on Friday approved a $5.1 billion operating budget and a tuition increase for most campuses, including University Park.
The Penn State board of trustees on Friday approved a $5.1 billion operating budget and a tuition increase for most campuses, including University Park. Centre Daily Times, file

History did not repeat itself at the July meeting of the Penn State board of trustees.

Last year, at the first meeting of the new fiscal year, the trustees unanimously passed the new year’s tuition rates, with a historic halt in climbing costs.

On Friday, President Eric Barron did not give them the surprise he did in 2015. Instead of a last minute tweak to the budget that saw him pull a tuition freeze out of his hat, this time, he stayed on target with the numbers presented at Thursday’s committee meeting.

That means a $5.1 billion operating budget and a tuition increase for most campuses.

The new rates mean no tuition increase at eight of the Commonwealth Campuses — Beaver, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Shenango and Wilkes-Barre.

There will be a 1.25 percent increase for students at Brandywine, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Worthington Scranton and York, as well as the online World Campus. That means an extra $81.

Students at Abington, Altoona, Berks, Erie and Harrisburg costs will see a 1.54 percent, or $105, increase. University Park sees the largest jump, up 2.29 percent, or $190. The average increase comes to 1.76 percent.

Out-of-state tuition increases about 3.39 percent.

The increase is more than last year but still low compared with other increases, including among other state-related schools. Pitt students will pay 2.3 percent more this year. Temple bills went up 2.8 percent.

The money votes were passed, but there was opposition. Four trustees voted against the budget. More voted against the tuition increase, namely Ted Brown, Anthony Lubrano, Bill Oldsey, Alice Pope, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and Robert Tribeck.

New board President Ira Lubert took the podium after the vote. He said that a commitment to keeping tuition low and Penn State affordable was his priority.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

  Comments