Pa. universities' chief says 2015-16 tuition rates uncertain

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 19, 2015 2:44 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- The chancellor for Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities says he can't make any promises about freezing tuition rates, even though that's a condition Governor Tom Wolf is making in return for a significant funding increase.

Chancellor Frank Brogan says in response to questions from the Senate Appropriations Committee that the board of the State System of Higher Education, not Brogan, sets the tuition rate.

He says the board won't set the rate until July, after lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn for their summer recess.

Wolf wants a more than $45 million boost in funding for the system, which would be a record-setting 11 percent.

He's also seeking smaller increases for community colleges, but he's tied the money to a freeze in tuition.

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