Penn State Education To Cost More

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DUNMORE -- Another university is hiking tuition for its students this fall. On Friday, the Penn State Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase that averages about two and half percent.

The hike will affect all Penn State campuses.

For Penn State student Mark Fenton, seeing tuition increase isn't anything new. It's something he says he's used to going into his senior year.

"Do I wish it was lower? Yes, but is that the reality of it? No," said Fenton. "Education is one of the best investments. Like I said, you have to do what you have to do to invest in that."

At the Worthington Scranton campus, students will see a tuition increase of 1.8 percent, a little cheaper compared to the 3.9 percent increase for those at University Park.

Renee Henson she says she's not exactly thrilled that her son's tuition is going to cost more than expected.

"What about us parents who really don't have a lot of money and want their children to have a good education? What are we to do?" asked Henson.

Students and parents at Penn State Worthington Scranton say they understand why tuition is being increased, but at the same time they say they already feel like they're paying enough for quality education.

"I think it needs to be discussed on a student-based opinion level."

Peter Mentoza, a junior at the campus in Dunmore is spending his summer in work study, a program that is helping offset the cost of his education.  He says even with some help in the financial department, higher tuition is just another setback.

"It's coming out of my pocket. I personally don't feel it's fair to the other students," Mentoza said.

And for mothers like Henson, she admits it's a setback for her family but she says she's willing to do anything for her son, making sure he walks away with a college degree.

"All the little obstacles that are coming along, I just find a way to jump over them like hurdles."

The tuition hike at Penn State takes effect in the fall.

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