Governor Wolf’s Proposed Budget Calls for Tuition Freeze

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BLOOMSBURG -- There could be more money on the way to more than a dozen universities in Pennsylvania including Bloomsburg University.

Governor Tom Wolf's budget proposal is calling for an 11 percent increase at state universities.

That includes: West Chester, Cheyney, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown, Slippery Rock, Millersville, Clarion, Edinboro, California University of Pennsylvania, Lock Haven, Mansfield, and Shippensburg.

That proposed increase would amount to more than $45 million across the state.

Governor Wolf is also proposing a tuition freeze at the state universities next school year.

"It's surprising, but it's also exciting news because that would be so much help to my family," Shanyce Anderson said.

According to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, there hasn't been in increase in funding in seven years.

A news release from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education states that it is receiving essentially the same level of state funding that it received in 1997.

"I don't know, I'm a college student so I would say that it's ridiculous that they always have to raise prices. But at the same time I don't realize why they have to raise prices and what they have to pay for and everything like that," Alex Wolfe said.

"If there's a way that it won't go up then I'll be very, very thankful," Qianna Wilson said.

Wilson is a sophomore at Bloomsburg University. She was happy to hear that a tuition freeze for one year is at least being discussed.

"There was always a worry if tuition goes up we wouldn't know how to we would have to pay for it. You know, we're already struggling to make ends meet now. If he freezes it for the next year, that would just be fantastic," Wilson said.

According to Bloomsburg University's website, right now tuition is $3,410 a semester for an in-state student.

While that might not seem like a lot, students at Bloomsburg say a tuition freeze would help a lot.

"It's very hard. I can't keep taking out loans because if I keep taking out loans it's going to be more debt for me to be in," T'andra Clark said.

Governor Tom Wolf's budget must be approved by the general assembly before it is signed into law.

Students at Bloomsburg University are hoping his plan works out.

The governor's proposed budget also included a hike in sales tax.

 

1 Comment

  • Mad In Hazleton

    According to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, there hasn’t been in increase in funding in seven years…………………………………………………………………..

    This above statement is BS…rendell took a billion dollars from the feds and gave it to k12 schools and colleges, then the money ran out.. tuff

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