Gov. Tom Corbett's Budget Proposal For Higher Education Spending Reflects No Increase

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At a glance: Public colleges and universities would see no increase in Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2013-14 budget proposal. Neither would the state funding available for the tuition grants that are administered through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

What it means: The governor secured a commitment to keep tuition increases low in exchange for flat funding from the leaders of Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln universities; the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

He did not hold them to keeping the increase at or below the rate of inflation, which is running around 2 percent, as was the case this year but Corbett did say he expects the increases to be in that range.

So students at those schools can likely expect to see some increase in their college educational costs next year. Those fortunate enough to be eligible for a state grant will have to wait and see if grant awards will change much from this year.

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