(Harrisburg) -- Penn State's costs for legal fees, consultants and public relations firms hired to help deal with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal are approaching $17 million.
The university say's it's spent almost $16.8 million through June 30th.
Nearly $10 million of that went to seven firms for what Penn State calls internal investigation and crisis communications. Another nearly $4 million went for university legal services and defense.
The university is also facing lawsuits from Sandusky's accusers while the NCAA leveled a $60 million fine against the school in July.
The school says the costs for the legal defense and public relations are not paid by student tuition, taxpayer funds or donations. It says they'll be covered by insurance policies or interest payments on loans it makes.
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