HARRISBURG -- After a vote on Thursday, students will now need to shell out more if they want to attend one of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned colleges and universities.
The board overseeing the schools -- the Pennsylvania State System of Education (or "PASSHE") -- voted Thursday to raise tuition across the board.
The increase is 3.5% per semester.
That hike goes into effect for the 2017-2018 school year. Three of the 14 schools, Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, and Lock Haven, are in northeastern and central Pennsylvania.
The state school system is dealing with an estimated $71 million budget deficit.
The tuition hike means most full-time students who hail from Pennsylvania will pay $127 more per semester.
For a link to the PASSHE website, click here.