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14 state universities OK tuition increase

by on July 09, 2014 10:59 AM

Students at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities, including Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will see their tuition increase by about 3 percent in the coming school year.

The State System of Higher Education’s board of governors on Tuesday voted to boost tuition by $99 a semester to $3,410 for Pennsylvania residents who are full-time students, the group that makes up the majority of the system’s 112,000 students.

On a yearly basis, tuition will be $6,820. That, however, does not include room and board and other mandatory fees. Among the mandatory fees is the technology fee, which the board also agreed to increase.

It is rising close to 15 percent to $422 per year.

All told, Pennsylvania students can expect to spend somewhere around $18,500 for one year’s worth of education at a state system school this year.

With tuition having been set, IUP is seeing its budget firm up for this year. The budget was based on the assumption that the state system would impose a 3 percent increase. IUP is also assuming that the state appropriation will remain unchanged from last year.

The state budget has been approved, but remains unsigned by Gov. Tom Corbett.

The third essential piece of the budget is enrollment for the coming school year. Officials said they expect to see enrollment down slightly from last year’s mark of 14,728.

However, officials said this morning that the numbers of incoming freshmen and transfer students looks to be very strong at this point in the year.

In other matters, the board of governors extended contracts for 10 university presidents, including IUP President Michael Driscoll, to June 30, 2017.

Presidents work under rolling, three-year deals with the state system.

State system spokesman Kenn Marshall said the extensions did not provide for salary increases, but the board may review those later.

Driscoll is entering his third year at the university, and his administration has so far been marked by peace and cooperation.

“President Driscoll has proven himself to be a very good president, and I hear over and over again about how he is doing a wonderful job,” said Mark Staszkiewicz, IUP’s faculty union president.

“I believe that he and his wife, Becky, have accepted and been accepted by the Indiana community, and that they both go out of their way to engage and energize the relationship between the university community and the greater Indiana community,” he said.

“We all look forward to continuing to work with him to move IUP forward.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sam Kusic is a staff writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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