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Penn State Planning to Freeze Tuition for 2020-2021 Academic Year

by on April 23, 2020 6:44 PM

Penn State President Eric Barron said on Thursday the university plans to freeze tuition rates for all students for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. The measures aim to alleviate the economic burden placed upon students and their families amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Although the plans for the tuition freeze are currently in the works, they won’t be finalized or put into action until they’re approved by Penn State’s Board of Trustees when it meets on July 17.

“It is imperative that we give our students and their families some measure of certainty in these uncertain times,” Barron said. “No one knows how long this pandemic and the associated economic disruptions will last, but we want to do our part to ease the strain on our students by letting them know as early as possible that their tuition will not increase for the next academic year.”

If the freeze is approved, this would be the third straight year Penn State has held tuition rates flat for in-state students.

“As Pennsylvania’s land-grant university, providing access to an affordable, high-quality education is a central part of our mission, and we are committed to doing all that we can to help our students continue in their studies and earn a Penn State degree,” Barron said.

Earlier this month, the university announced it would move summer session courses online and adjust summer tuition rates for students. The measure is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees at its upcoming meeting in May.

An itemization of Penn State’s current tuition schedules, which are broken down by campus, residency, student level and program type can be viewed here.

Penn State also announced on Thursday it is cutting pay by 50 percent for about 2,000 employees from May 4-June 30, as well as instituting budget reductions, delaying capital projects and other cost-savings measures as the university faces at least $260 million in projected revenue losses through next year.

Matt DiSanto is a Penn State student and writer for Onward State.
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