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Finance Committee Recommends Tuition Freeze For In-State Undergraduate Students

Penn State’s Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning voted unanimously Thursday to recommend a tuition freeze for in-state undergraduate students for the 2018-19 school year.

The committee’s operating budget and tuition schedule proposal will preserve in-state undergraduate tuition at its current value if the budget is approved by the entire Board during its Friday meeting at the university’s Berks campus.

The freeze comes after a three percent  increase in Penn State’s general state appropriation, which now stands at $237.3 million, was approved by the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee last month.

“Included within [the budget’s] tuition proposal is a zero percent tuition increase for Pennsylvania residential undergraduates,” said University Budget Officer Mary Lou Ortiz. The budget will impose a 2.7 percent to 3.6 percent tuition increase on undergraduate students who are not Pennsylvania residents. 

The Board last voted to freeze in-state tuition for the 2015-16 school year in a historic vote, championed by President Eric Barron, that marked the university’s first tuition freeze in almost five decades. In-state tuition for undergraduate students at University Park increased by 2.74 percent — or $232 — last year.

The committee’s overall recommended budget totals $6.5 billion.

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Jim Davidson

Jim is a junior English and history major and the features editor for Onward State. He, like most of the Penn State undergraduate population, is from 'just outside Philadelphia,' and grew up in Spring City, Pennsylvania. He covers a variety of Penn State topics, but spends nine months of every year waiting for the start of soccer season. You can reach him via email at [email protected] or follow him on twitter @messijim.

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