Tuition Frozen At State Universities

Pennsylvania students who attend one of the 14 state-owned universities—including Bloomsburg University--won't see a tuition hike for the 2019-2020 school year. The State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors voted unanimously Wednesday to keep in-state tuition steady at about $7,700. It is the first such freeze in more than 2 decades. The only other tuition freeze in the system's history was for the 1998-99 school year, when the cost for in-state students was less than half what it is now. The vote followed a lengthy discussion about the ongoing effort to redesign the system, and Chancellor Dan Greenstein recommended the tuition freeze. The decision leaves a projected budget deficit of about $63 million that the system will have to address. The state government’s support for the system is increasing about 2% this year. The state paid 53% of the system’s costs in 1993, a figure that has since fallen to just 27%.