The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education today approved a $194 tuition increase for the 2013-14 academic year – $97 per semester.
The new annual tuition rate for full-time, resident undergraduate students attending any of the 14 PASSHE universities beginning this fall will be $3,311 per semester, or $6,622 for the full academic year. PASSHE said the move virtually ensures that its universities will remain the lowest-cost option among all four-year colleges and universities in the state. Total cost of attending a PASSHE university will also likely remain below the national average of all public colleges and universities and “significantly below” the average in the Middle States region.
PASSHE will receive $412.8 million in state funding this year, the same amount it received in 2012-13. That will cover about one-fourth of the operating costs of the 14 PASSHE universities.
Members of the board indicated that the universities would have to make adjustments at the campus level to handle the budget shortfall.
PASSHE said costs are expected to increase in several areas, including salaries, pension contributions, health care and utilities -- although some will be offset by a voluntary retirement incentive program.
“Other cost-reduction efforts implemented over the last 10 years have resulted in overall budget reductions of approximately $285 million,” PASSHE said. “Those reductions have helped keep annual tuition increases at or below the rate of inflation in most years since the cost-cutting efforts began.”
Other 2013-14 increases approved by the board today are as follows:
PASSHE said all funds from the technology fee are used to directly benefit student learning, in projects such as installing new computer labs and designing multimedia classrooms.