Students attending one of the state's 14 universities, including Millersville, will have a significant tuition hike this fall.

The board of governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education approved a 7.5 percent tuition increase, or $436 per year for an in-state undergraduate student, for the 2011-12 school year.

That would make next year's tuition about $6,240.

Board members said before the vote the increase is much higher than in recent years where it's been more in line with a cost-of-living increase.

But with an 18 percent reduction in state funding, according to the final state budget awaiting Gov. Tom Corbett's signature, it was unavoidable.

"We knew that a tuition increase was going to come. Tuition was on the thoughts of every student on every campus," said one student representative on the board.

The board also passed a $58 per semester increase in the technology fee, as they said it'd be hard to keep up with technology trends without the additional funding.

Despite the tuition and fee hike, the university system still will have a $30 million plus gap it will make up through program and staffing cuts.


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