(HARRISBURG) – Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) praised a Penn State Board of Trustees Committee for supporting a budget with no tuition increase for Pennsylvania undergraduate students.
“I am grateful to the Committee and Penn State President Eric Barron and their dedication to holding the line on tuition for their Pennsylvania students enrolled in undergraduate programs,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) said. “Working to keep higher education affordable is part of our $14.1 billion overall investment in education in the Commonwealth. Today’s action is welcome news to Pennsylvania residents saving toward or paying for a Penn State education.
The 2018-19 state budget included a 3 percent increase for Penn State that was aimed at allowing the school to freeze in-state tuition for undergraduate students at all of its campuses. The University’s 2018-19 budget now goes to the full Board of Trustees for final consideration Friday. If approved, this is the second time in four years that the University’s in-state tuition for Pennsylvania students at all campuses has been frozen.
Senator Corman has been a long-time supporter of providing avenues for the Commonwealth’s four state-related universities to use the state funding they receive to directly offset costs to students from Pennsylvania.
“It’s an investment that is an important part of ensuring our students can stay local and receive a high-quality education after high school,” Corman said. “The state budget held the line on spending without asking for more money from taxpayers. It’s gratifying to know the University is joining us in those efforts by not increasing tuition for its Pennsylvania students.”
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