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Shippensburg University

Pictured is the fountain in front of Old Main at Shippensburg University.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s board of governors Thursday approved what it says is the second smallest tuition increase in more than a decade.

The board approved a $112-a-semester, or less than 3 percent, increase for universities in the state system.

PASSHE said in a news release that the lower-than-average tuition increase is largely due to a fourth consecutive year of increased state funding for the system, as well as health care and energy cost savings.

PASSHE said, however, that an additional $20 million in budget restrictions will need to be made by universities.

Most full-time Pennsylvania residents, who make up nearly 90 percent of the state system’s students, will pay $3,858 a semester in the upcoming academic year.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature approved $468 million in aid to the system for the 2018-19 fiscal year, a $15 million increase. Still, the total amount is less than what the state approved for the system in 2000.

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