HARRISBURG, P.A. (WENY) – The Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, including Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield Universities, voted to freeze tuition for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year.
Last October, the Board requested $550 million in state funding for the next fiscal year to offset the need for a tuition increase.
“On behalf of our students and their families, I am grateful to the Board of Governors for freezing in-state tuition for the fourth consecutive year,” said Bashar Hanna, president of Bloomsburg University and interim president of Lock Haven and Mansfield Universities. “We are living through uncertain economic times, and we must do all we can to keep public higher education affordable for our students.”
“A college education transforms students’ lives,” he said. “Today’s vote ensures continued access to affordable higher education for Pennsylvanians. It will also help the Commonwealth build a modern-day economy and remain a reliable pathway for social and economic mobility.”
Nearly 90,000 students attend a State System university, making it the largest producer of bachelor’s degrees in Pennsylvania. Over 88% of the student body resides in Pennsylvania, and 78% of graduates from Pennsylvania are working within the Commonwealth three years after earning their degree.
Basic tuition for in-state undergraduate students at the System’s universities has been $7,716 for the last three years.
Pennsylvania ranks 46th in the nation in terms of investment per student in state-owned, four-year universities.
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