Tuition freeze by 14 Pennsylvania-owned universities gets OK

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The board that oversees Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities is endorsing a tuition freeze sought by Gov. Tom Wolf.

But it is reserving the right to back out of the deal if Wolf fails to deliver the more than $45 million increase he promises for the state universities in the coming year.

The board of the State System of Higher Education approved a tuition-freeze resolution Thursday by a 9-8 vote. It rejected a proposal that would have made the commitment binding and not subject to what happens with Wolf’s proposed aid increase.

The new Democratic governor is seeking to provide an extra $45 million for the state colleges in the next fiscal year and an additional $45 million bump the following year.

The 14 state-owned universities serve about 112,000 students.

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