No tuition hike at Temple University this fall

Posted: June 29, 2012

Temple University's Board of Trustees on Thursday morning voted to hold the line on tuition for 2012-13, their vote coming just days after state lawmakers proposed restoring a 30 percent budget cut to Temple and two other state-related colleges.

It's the first time since 1995 that the university has not raised tuition, said spokesman Ray Betzner.

The zero increase in tuition covers both in-state and out-of-state students. For in-state students, tuition will remain at $13,006. The out-of-state tuition number was not immediately available.

Room and board costs, which were previously set, will rise an average of 3.9 percent.

Temple officials cited state lawmakers' intention to keep Temple's funding at $139.9 million as a major reason for the school's ability to hold tuition stable. A vote on the state budget is expected later this week.

It appears to be the first state or state-related college to take decisive action, based on the state legislature's intention to restore funding.

Pennsylvania State University reiterated its commitment to keep tuition increases "modest" or below inflation if the state restored its funding. That commitment made by President Rodney Erickson covered in-state students, though efforts also would be made to keep other tuition hikes as low as possible, spokeswoman Lisa Powers said Thursday.

The board of trustees will vote on tuition at their July 13 meeting, she said.

"There are a number of different scenarios being looked at," Powers said.

The university previously set the room and board increase at an average of 2.86 percent or $125 over the current year's rate of $4,370.

The University of Pittsburgh, the third state-related school that is in line to have its funding restored, did not return calls for comment on Thursday. Lincoln University, also state-related school, had not been slated for a funding cut.

The board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, which oversees the 14 state schools including West Chester and Cheyney, on Thursday delayed a vote on tuition pending state budget approval. Spokesman Kenn Marshall said a special meeting likely would be called in the next two weeks.

At Temple, officials announced that the university also will make an additional $8 million available for financial aid, and it has begun a long-term effort to raise funds for student scholarships.

"This is going to be an all-out effort," said Board Chairman Patrick O'Connor. "We are going to ask everyone who cares about the university to step up and take action. We need them to invest in our students."

The university also will keep tuition the same in the majority of graduate programs.

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