Pa students at state universities to see $89-per-semester tuition hike

07.15.16 | Bob Price

Students attending Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities will see an $89-per-semester increase in tuition this fall.

The increase approved Thursday by the State System Board of Governors means base tuition will be $7,238 a year for Pennsylvania residents, a 2.5 percent increase.

Nonresident undergraduate tuition will increase by 2.5 percent as well. It will range from $10,858 to $18,096 for the 2016-17 academic year.

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education said the increase in base tuition is the smallest boost at the state schools since the 2005-06 school year.

State system universities in Western Pennsylvania include California, Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana and Slippery Rock.

It is unclear how the increase will affect students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, one of the state system's largest universities.

Faced with an anticipated $15 million budget deficit in the coming year, IUP adopted a per-credit tuition model for the 2016-17 school year.

Previously, students taking 12 to 17.9 credits per semester at IUP paid a flat-rate tuition. Starting this fall, they will be charged per credit.

IUP officials previously estimated that with transitional discounts factored in, the new pricing plan could add about $565 a year for students taking 15 credit hours per semester.