Friday, April 8, 2016

Budget problems driving state universities away from flat in-state tuition - Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It used to be easy for Pennsylvanians to know what tuition cost them at any of the 14 state-owned universities. After all, those schools charged one base in-state undergraduate rate, set once a year in Harrisburg. But with those schools that belong to the State System of Higher Education now in an open scramble to solve their budget and enrollment woes, a growing number have embarked on pricing experiments that have eroded that uniformity of price. On Monday, Indiana University of Pennsylvania said it will implement one of the largest experiments yet by dropping its flat, full-time tuition rate for in-state students and replacing it with per-credit pricing this fall. The system’s second-largest university, with nearly 9,500 in-state undergraduates, joins Millersville University, which did so two years ago.

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