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.