Pa. state universities’ board to mull tuition hike

    The chancellor of Pennsylvania’s state university system says it’s facing its biggest ever financial challenge as its board prepares to set tuition rates for next year.

    Chancellor John Cavanaugh told members of a board committee yesterday that the system faces a $112 million deficit, mainly because of the loss of more than $90 million in state and federal money.

    The full board of governors is to vote today on a potential tuition hike. Cavanaugh declined to discuss the issue, but reiterated that he would not ask students and their families to cover the entire deficit.

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