The Penn State’s Board of Trustees Finance, Business and Capital Committee met Thursday morning to recommend the approval of the budget and tuition plans for the 2017-2018 school year.
The meeting comes during the Board’s mid-summer committee and full board meetings at Penn State Harrisburg July 20 and July 21.
Tuition recommendations from the committee included a tuition increase at University Park, Abington Altoona, Berks, Erie, and Harrisburg, Brandywine, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Scranton, York, and World campuses.
First and second year full-time students with Pennsylvania residency at the flagship campus will see a 2.74 percent increase ($232) per semester, and first and second year full-time non-Pennsylvania residents will see a 3.85 percent ($605) increase per semester, bringing the yearly increase to $464 and $1,210, respectively.
For first and second year full-time Pennsylvania residents at Abington Altoona, Berks, Erie, and Harrisburg, a 2.49 percent ($164) increase was proposed, with a 2.35 percent ($155) increase at the Brandywine, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Scranton, York, and World campuses.
“In building the proposed 2017-18 operating budget, Penn State has placed the highest priority on keeping tuition increases as low as possible, while continuing to provide the highest quality educational experience for students,” said university president Eric Barron in a release Thursday. “The proposed budget, tuition and fees package reflects the University’s comprehensive and ongoing efforts to control the cost of a Penn State degree.”
The numbers come a month after the PA Auditor General published an audit of Penn State, dismayed at tuition costs.
In it, he declared that Penn State “has a tuition problem” which has and will continue to threaten Penn State’s ability to follow through on its mission as a Land-Grant institution, that being to provide an affordable education to its residents. Penn State President Eric Barron also released a response to the Auditor General’s report, pushing back against many of the claims.
Pennsylvania’s governor and legislator have not yet passed a bill for the Pennsylvania budget yet, which includes appropriations for universities related to the state. Appropriations are expected to total $318 million dollars of the universities budget.
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This article has been updated to include a quote from university president Eric Barron.