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Penn State, Pitt could raise tuition rates over budget stalemate

Penn State President Eric Barron is warning state lawmakers the university's tuition costs might have to rise. (AP photo)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (WJAC) - Penn State President Eric Barron is warning state lawmakers the university's tuition costs might have to rise.

In a statement released Thursday, Barron said if a budget agreement can't be reached, the university would have to make "even more drastic cuts and raise tuition."

Barron emphasized that those increases could take place in the spring semesters.

Barron said as the budget is at a stalemate, the university stands to lose $318.2 million in appropriations.

"Should this possibility become a reality, it would cause irreparable damage not just to the university, but the commonwealth and its citizens as a whole," said Barron.

Penn State's tuition costs already came under fire earlier this year by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale when he said the school's tuition fees are "out of control."

Barron is urging the Penn State community to write to lawmakers to encourage them to end the budget stalemate.

University of Pittsburgh President Pat Gallagher echoed the same sentiment over the stalemate.

"Without this support (of state appropriations), thousands of students from Pennsylvania would see tuition rates rise at Pitt and other flagship institutions." he said.


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