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Tuition freeze at Pennsylvania’s 14 public schools will not increase for 4th straight year

Base in-state undergraduate tuition at PASSHE member universities has been $7,716 for the past three years.

HARRISBURG, PA – The State of Pennsylvania’s Higher Education System announced on Thursday that it would freeze tuition fees at its 14 member schools for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year.

The PASSHE board voted to extend the tuition freeze at a meeting this week.

In October 2021, the Council requested $550 million in public funding for the next fiscal year to offset the need for higher tuition fees, PSSHE said.

As part of a renewed partnership between the state system and the Commonwealth, the Council is also seeking $201 million in direct student aid and at least $75 million of the remaining $150 million in federal funding that the Council is seeking. The General Assembly and the Governor are committed to “continuing the vigorous transformation of public universities,” PASSHE said.

“Pennsylvania’s economy depends on talented, well-educated graduates from public universities, and we are focused on providing quality, affordable public education to students of all backgrounds,” said Cindy Shapira, chair of the Board of Governors. . “We hope the legislature will support our request for funding so that we can maintain the tuition freeze. With all the other rising costs in our economy, working families shouldn’t have to worry about paying more for tuition at a public university.

Nearly 90,000 students attend a university in the state system, making it the largest producer of bachelor’s degrees in Pennsylvania, PASSHE said.

More than 88% of the student body resides in Pennsylvania, and 78% of Pennsylvania graduates work in the Commonwealth three years after graduation, according to PASSHE.

“The state system is delivering on its promise of overhaul to the General Assembly, and this process is yielding positive results for our students and for the state,” said state system chancellor Daniel Greenstein. “With additional investment from the state, the (PASSHE) can freeze tuition fees so that more students can afford high-quality public higher education as we work together to strengthen the workforce of Pennsylvania.”

Base in-state undergraduate tuition at PASSHE member universities has been $7,716 for the past three years.

Millersville University in Lancaster County and Shippensburg University in Cumberland County are two of PASSHE’s 14 member schools.

“Just freezing tuition fees is not a sustainable strategy without significant Commonwealth investment,” Greenstein said. “Pennsylvania must invest in its public universities if we want them to continue providing the high-quality, affordable education they were born to deliver.”

Pennsylvania ranks 46th in the nation in investment per student in four-year public universities, and state funding is down 35% ($252 million) from 2000/01 after adjustment for inflation, according to the PASSHE.

PASSHE argues that the need to invest in public higher education is evident in the chronic shortage of college-educated workers.

Today, six out of ten jobs require a college degree or degree, but only 51% of workers in Pennsylvania have that education, according to the PSSHE.

“This talent shortage is being felt in healthcare, information technology, education and other vital industries and is preventing companies from hiring the talented people they need to succeed,” said the PASSED.

By freezing tuition for a fourth year, increasing student aid and continuing to overhaul the system, high-quality education will continue to be available to more Pennsylvanians, PASSHE said.

According to PASSHE, it will also allow more high school students and low- and middle-income adults looking to retrain to get the quality higher education Pennsylvania needs to start filling the gap. lack of workforce talent.

As the engine of workforce development, system universities work closely with local employers and deliver results. Last year, universities created 23 new degree programs and 60 new certificate programs to meet workforce needs. They have awarded nearly 24,000 degrees and certificates in high-demand fields such as STEM, health, business, and education.

The state system is also controlling costs, cutting $173 million in operating costs and forgoing at least $63 million during the three-year tuition freeze, while investing $100 million in the support for university students.

According to a study last year, universities in the state system contributed $4 billion in economic impact to Pennsylvania, which is $8.30 for every $1 in public funds. More than 800,000 alumni of the system live in Pennsylvania, and most public universities are among the largest employers in their communities.