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Board Of Trustees Approves $359.8 Million Total State Appropriation Request

Penn State’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $359,774, total state appropriation request for the 2020-2021 fiscal year at its public meeting Friday, an approximate $22.6 million increase over its approved 2019-2020 appropriation.

The request includes a $14.5 million increase in the university’s general support appropriation compared to the approved 2019-2020 appropriation.

The request also includes $28.34 million for the Penn College of Technology ($1.6 million increase), $58.3 million for agricultural research and extension ($3.3 million increase), and $14.2 million for Penn State Health’s Hershey Medical Center ($804,000 increase).

Pennsylvania’s current state budget, which was approved by Governor Tom Wolf in July, included a two-percent increase in Penn State’s general appropriation and allowed the Board to implement its second consecutive tuition freeze for in-state undergraduate students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Penn State will now submit its appropriation request to Pennsylvania legislators. Wolf will submit a state budget proposal in February, it will be reviewed in February or March, and the legislature will decide on a final budget package by July 1. The Board will then set the university’s 2020-2021 budget at its July meeting.

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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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