Penn State raises tuition 4.9 percent

Three of Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities are raising tuition.

Penn State students, however, will see smaller increases than those at Pitt and Temple.

Tuition will go up by 4.9 percent–about $700 dollars–for in-state freshmen and sophomores at Penn State’s main campus in State College.

The University of Pittsburgh and Temple University are the other two state-related schools that have announced tuition increases since they saw nearly 20 percent cuts in state funding.

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Temple spokesman Ray Betzner says the school isn’t hearing much from students or parents about the new tuition rates.

“It’s been too soon for us to get any feedback, the bills are just being posted now for the fall semester. So we haven’t had any feedback from folks as of yet,” Betzner said.

Both Temple and Pitt are also increasing how much student aid they provide. Temple is adding more than $6 million and Pitt will give out an additional $13 million.

Graham Spanier, Penn State president, said the school tried to limit its tuition hikes small after the loss of $68 million in state funding.

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