PSU president will back tuition freeze if $50M approved

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Penn State’s president says he’ll support a freeze on tuition next year if lawmakers approve a nearly $50 million increase proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Eric Barron made the offer to the Senate Appropriations Committee at a hearing Tuesday.

The governor is proposing significant spending increases for higher education, including the 14 state-owned universities and the state-related schools – Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple and Lincoln.

In exchange, Wolf wants the state universities to freeze tuition and the other schools to try to keep rates low.

Barron says he’ll recommend no tuition increases next year if Wolf’s request is approved.

Penn State trustees approved a 3.9 percent boost in room and board charges last week, citing inflationary increases. The board will vote on the university’s budget in July.

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