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

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The chancellor for Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities says he can’t make any promises about freezing tuition rates, something Gov. Tom Wolf has asked for in return for a significant funding increase.

Chancellor Frank Brogan said Thursday in testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee that the State System of Higher Education board, not Brogan, sets the tuition rate. He says the board won’t set the rate until July, after lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn for the summer.

Wolf spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan says the tuition freeze is only a request, not a mandatory condition for the proposed $45 million increase for the system.

Sheridan says Wolf asked four “state-related” universities to keep tuition as low as possible but didn’t ask for a freeze.
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