The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education cited rising costs as the main reason they approved a three percent tuition hike for in-state students at the fourteen state-owned universities on Friday.
State System spokesman Kenn Marshall told Radio PA News the System is facing a $50 million budget deficit.
The hike translates to a tuition increase of $224 per year.
Three state lawmakers are on the PSSHE’s Board of Governors. All three voted against the tuition hike.
Among the fourteen state-owned universities are Clarion, Slippery Rock and Edinboro Universities.
Meanwhile, trustees for the University of Pittsburgh – a state-related university – say tuition will remain steady at their campuses except for a hike for engineering students. Room-and-board, however, for branch campuses such as Pitt-Titusville will increase by three percent.