Tuition costs up 3 percent at Pa. universities

Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities, including West Chester and Cheyney, will raise tuition three percent or $194 for 2013-14 under a measure approved by the Board of Governors Tuesday.

Full-time undergraduate students in-state will pay $6,622 annually in tuition next academic year. Nearly 90 percent of the system’s students are Pennsylvanians. The technology fee will rise $10 or 2.8 percent for in-state students to $368 annually.

The state system educates about 115,000 students. Besides West Chester and Cheyney, the state universities include: Bloomsburg, California, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg and Slippery Rock.

Room and board increases vary at the 14 universities. Each university sets its own.

University costs are set to increase in several areas, including salaries, health care, pension contributions and utilities, the system said in a press release.

The state system will receive $412.8 million in state funding, the same amount as in 2012-13. It will cover about one quarter of the system’s operating costs.

The board also increased tuition rates for graduate students by about 3 percent. In-state students will pay $442 per credit, up $13.

Around the region, cost increases for undergraduates have varied. Temple recently went up 3.6 percent in tuition and fees, with in-state students paying $14,096 annually. On average, room rates will increase 3.1 percent and meal costs 2.6 percent. Students will pay about $9,440 in room and board for a standard plan.

Rowan University, a state school in Glassboro, N.J., froze tuition and fees and increased room and board by 2 percent. In-state students will pay $23,300 in tuition, fees and room and board.

Cabrini College, a private school in Radnor, also froze tuition, on the heels of cutting it by 12.5 percent last year. Students again will pay $29,000 in tuition. Most room costs also will stay the same, a spokeswoman said. Standard room and board runs about $11,660.

The University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League university, increased overall costs 3.9 percent to $58,812.

Several other private elite schools saw similar hikes. Haverford went up 3.9 percent, to $59,236; Bryn Mawr also rose 3.9 percent, to $57,760. Villanova rose 4 percent to $56,286. And Swarthmore rose 3.8 percent, to $57,870.

Drexel University, a private school in Philadelphia, also rose 3.9 percent, with the majority of its students in the five-year co-op program to pay between $49,010 to $53,360.

Other schools had slightly smaller increases. Arcadia University, a private school in Glenside, rose 3.3 percent, to $49,370. St. Joseph’s University, also private, went up 3.1 percent to $52,272.

Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University both are scheduled to set costs at meetings later this week.