Senator Martin, PASSHE Board Votes for State System Tuition Freeze

HARRISBURG – Senator Scott Martin (R-13) and the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) voted on Wednesday to freeze tuition for the upcoming school year, holding the line on costs to students for the first time in decades.

The vote was only the second time that tuition has been frozen in the 36-year history of the Board of Governors. The last time tuition was frozen was during the 1998-99 academic year.

Martin voted in favor of a 2019-20 state budget in June that increased funding for higher education by two percent. Martin was appointed to the Board of Governors two weeks ago.

“The State System needs to remain competitive with other colleges, not only in the programs offered to students, but also in the price that students pay to earn their degrees,” Martin said. “All students who want to pursue a college education should have a chance to make that dream a reality, and holding the line on tuition helps bring many students one step closer to achieving that goal.”

PASSHE is made up of 14 member universities with campuses in communities throughout the state. More than 500,000 Pennsylvanians count themselves as alumni of the State System.


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