Cost Of Tuition Rises At Penn State

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The cost of college just went up at the largest university in Pennsylvania.

It’s just another tuition hike for Penn State students, but it is a smaller one than many of them had feared. The increase comes as the school tries to deal with a $68 million cut in state funding.

Penn State is raising tuition by nearly 5 percent at the University Park campus and almost 3 percent at the branch campuses. For Pennsylvania students, tuition is up 4.9 percent to $15,100 at State College, and for out-of-state students, it’s up 3.5 percent to $27,200.

Ryan Hudacsek, the Nittany Lion mascot at the Beaver campus, said any tuition hike is tough.

“I think it is (tough) just because I know a lot of my friends, I ask them what they do in the summer time, and if they want to hang out or something like that, and a lot of them have two, three jobs,” said Hudacsek, an Ambridge native. “It’s hard, even their parents have two, three jobs already. It’s rough.”

One of those working several jobs is Amanda Palombo.

“I’m helping my parents pay off my school,” said Aliquippa native Palombo. “I’m working three jobs right now to do it.”

Penn State said it had no choice but increase tuition because Gov. Tom Corbett and the legislature cut $68 million in state support, a 19 percent reduction.

The good news, if any, for Penn State students is that the tuition increase is not as great for Penn Staters as it is for those who attend the University of Pittsburgh or the other state-related universities.

Pitt announced an 8.5 percent hike, while state-related universities like California, Clarion, Edinboro, IUP and Slippery Rock are up 7.5 percent. While Penn State’s University Park campus, is up 4.9 percent and its branches up 2.9 percent.

John Mitchell wanted to go to the University Park campus, but he’s not so sure now, particularly with two younger siblings.

“The question is,” said Mitchell, a Beaver Falls native, “am I going to be able to do two plus two because of the increase or not, or should i just stick with the three percent, or try to move on?”

University Tuition Hikes

*  University of Pittsburgh–up 8.5 percent

*  State-related universities–up 7.5 percent

*  Penn State, University Park–up 4.9 percent

*  Penn State, branches–up 2.9 percent


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  • Real Reporter

    Was the stupid mascot the only one on campus to interview? Why didn’t someone ask why PSU can’t just make cuts like every other organization that was given less free money and do without instead of raising costs?

  • Wesley

    Soon the spaceships will come down and take us all away to space. We will be their puppets. They will teach us everything.

  • dc

    I would love to take a look at the PSU books. They do not have several million in endowment money stashed somewhere? Just keep sticking it to the students and their families.

  • Steve

    They have made cuts. Everyone wants to cut, cut, cut, but they have no idea what that means or what it could actually accomplish. The only way PSU could ever offer tuition that is significantly less than a fully private school is entirely because of state funding – period. If the state of PA doesn’t think it worth supporting students and their families anymore by making that reduced tuition possible, then there’s no way PSU can make up the difference alone, no matter how much they cut – and it isn’t their responsibility to do so. There just isn’t all this waste lying around here that can be eliminated and make up millions of dollars in lost state aid. If you cut programs, you also cut sources of funding and attract fewer students – and trust me, most PSU employees are not that highly paid, rarely get raises even for cost of living, and the benefits are not what they used to be. Private schools in the US cost $35K or more a year, and PSU is still less than half of that. It is already doing a lot more than it is obligated to try to keep tuition low, but no one seems to appreciate that. PSU could just tell PA to shove it and go completely private, and they’d be just fine – but they’ve continued to try to keep costs down and people have lost their jobs to do it. So, stop blaming PSU and the other schools for the tuition increases – it’s the fault of our idiot governor and his cronies. If you don’t like it, then blame them!

  • Idoiot a word used by undeducated souls

    Steve your thoughts shared about on our PA governor clearly shows your lack of education and true understanding why these cuts and costs are needed. Educate yourself-before calling people idiots.

    • Anonymous

      Steve,making cuts does not neccessarily make the govonor an idiot, there are sometimes other pressures which cause such decisions.
      Idoiot, you sir are the fool in this discussion. Just because someone disagrees with your point of view does not make them an idiot or uneducated.
      “Steve your thoughts shared about on our PA governor clearly shows your lack of education” is totally meaningless giberish, I suggest you may do well by going back to school………

  • Dano

    dc – We’re not talking “several” million here. If you add up the cuts in state funding over the last administration and the current one, you’re talking more like one or two hundred million a year. Endowments can’t make up for that kind of money long term. Furthermore, all the research, corporate, and other funding that these schools bring-in can’t just be spent on anything – that money can usually only legally be spent in very specific ways. State funding is probably the only significant source of funding that can be used directly to reduce tuition, and that adds up to a LOT of money. There are certainly silly and wasteful things that go on at PSU, just like in any other large organization, but they only add up to a tiny fraction of the amount required to make up what the state has traditionally contributed, or what it costs to subsidize in-state tuition to the degree it has been in the past. I don’t think people understand the amounts of money we’re talking about here, and what is actually going on at these schools. Other states have more reasonable in-state tuitions because they subsidize their institutions in a way that makes PA look foolish and shortsighted. If those states made the same cuts, those schools would cost just as much. You can’t get blood from a stone – though taxing Marcellus gas drilling and funneling that money back into education is pretty close to it, and is exactly what any other sane state would do.

  • Anonymous

    Cost goes up because PSU has way to many $100000.00 + profs.
    That is an abserd wage

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps anonymous needs to go back to school to learn how to spell

  • Steve

    OK, if you want to ignore the point of the comment completely and concentrate just on the last sentence, then I’ll rephrase it – IMO, the governor is shortsighted, and not doing the best thing for the people of PA, by trying to make massive cuts in something as vitally important as education in one fell swoop, while refusing to take advantage of other potentially huge sources of revenue like gas drilling that would easily make up the difference. Killing a states educational system is not the way to improve the economy or grow jobs – it will do the opposite.
    However, that wasn’t the point of my comment. My point was that whether or not you agree with the cuts, you can’t blame PSU and the other schools for raising tuition to make up for the losses, because they simply can’t do it in any realistic way simply by cutting, and they are not obligated to do so. PSU has done everything possible to try to keep costs down, including layoffs, and all the millions in waste that everyone seems to think is laying around just doesn’t exist. If the state wants to treat PSU like a private school, then it has no choice but to start charging tuition like a private school – that’s just simple economics. Whether or not you agree with cutting education funding, the fact is that tuition increases are a direct result of those cuts, so don’t blame the schools for it. There is no way they can replace that kind of huge subsidy in any other way without destroying themselves, but everyone seems to expect them to do so. My point was that all the people who have absolutely no actual knowledge of what goes on at PSU need to stop making claims about it, and if they want to place blame for their higher tuition, then place it with the current administration who clearly don’t want to subsidize it anymore.

    • Mike

      “you can’t blame PSU and the other schools for raising tuition to make up for the losses”

      Oh yes I can!

      “the fact is that tuition increases are a direct result of those cuts, so don’t blame the schools for it.”

      Absolutely, positively WRONG! In the past ten years-at least-even when PSU saw state funding increase, it still raised tuition beyond the rate of inflation. Despite what you claim, this tuition hike really isn’t even news. PSU has been doing this for decades. The fact of the matter is, they received a $68 million cut from a $4 billion dollar budget; that’s less than a 2%. If PSU can’t absorb less than a 2% cut in funding (with a $1.4 billion endowment) except by raising tuition by 5%, something is very wrong with the organization itself.

      O yeah, I’m also a recent alumni of this illustrious institution, so I know a little bit about how things work there.

  • RDG

    Just one quick look at this, or any college, state or private, blows my mind! WAY BEYOND brick and mortar, and that which is essential to TEACHING (oh, yeah, that’s what they’re suppose to do) is all the extavegant fountains, columns of marble, grand entrances, and so many other billion dollar “eye-candy” that sucks the tutition right out of everyone’s pockets before you even open a book! Let’s not forget the strong-hold the unions gave themselves there too!! Be a union contractor, secure yourself a hundred million dollar build-up, donate back some of the 50+ million you overcharged, and get a wing named after you! That’s how colleges work folks! Not teach…reach..right into everyones wallets..whether its the taxpayer, the alumni, or benefactors….it’s about all the money than can get to do everything….oh, yeah…then teach. Funny how it parallels the states’ and nation’s capitols, eh?

  • Zoeyzotron

    Just another example of a education budget lacking complete fiscal responsibility…. Lets buid another new building….

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