Tuition will once again increase at Penn State, irritating its proud but penny-pinching students.
The university's Board of Trustees on Friday approved a 3.39 percent increase for in-state undergraduates at its University Park campus, which comes to $264 extra per semester and a grand total of $16,090 per year.
Penn State York's tuition will increase by 1.85 percent, or $116 per semester, for the 2013-14 academic year. That brings total yearly tuition cost to $12,706.
The university is state-related but not state-owned. For the 14 public schools that are part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, tuition will increase by 3 percent for the next academic year. The $194 increase puts the tuition for a full-time, in-state undergrad at $6,622.
Worth it?: But an education at Penn State is still in demand, said Jordan Houck, a sophomore at the University Park campus.
"Their engineering program is so good that why wouldn't I want to go there?" he said. But he added that the school could feasibly jack up prices, as a lot of students still want to be Penn Staters.
"At least they're not taking full advantage of that," said Houck, 19, of York Township.
His parents currently foot the bill, he said, but the prospect of paying them back once he graduates is a bit daunting.
"I'm kind of not the happiest about it. Hopefully I'll be able to pay for it," the mechanical engineering student said. "As long as they don't keep increasing it by greater amounts."
And although Penn State York is both less expensive than the main campus and holding down its tuition rates, the increases still put some stress on its students, said Amy Madzelan of York Township.
"I'm already in debt up to my eyeballs," she said. "But I've got to finish."
The 34-year-old science major has about three semesters left, she said, which is manageable, even with an almost 2 percent increase in tuition.
"It's a lot better than it could be," she said.
--Reach Mollie Durkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.