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Tuition plans changing at Millersville

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 26, 2014 4:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A midstate college is making changes to not just what, but how it charges students.

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Students at Millersville University in Lancaster County will actually get a 10 percent discount on tuition if they take classes at its Center City Philadelphia location.

But costs are going up for students enrolled in majors focused on the STEM fields, says Kenn Marshall, a spokesman for the State System of Higher Education.

"That is to be able to charge a program specific fee on certain courses, again, very high cost courses in the STEM fields - science, technology, electronics and mathematics."

To be clear, the E in STEM does not stand for electronics, but engineering.

The state system’s governing board, which oversees 14 state-owned schools, approved the changes, as well as Clarion University's plan to go from a flat fee for full time students to a per credit charge.

"In providing the universities the opportunity based on their unique situations, their enrollment situations, their mix of students, their mix of degrees, to be able to make some adjustments to their tuition rates, to make them more attractive to students, to make them more appropriate," says Marshall.

Both moves are considered pilot programs and will be evaluated again in two years.

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