State schools need tuition flexibility

Lauren Williams's picture

Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities are heavily subsidized by taxpayers, so state politicians have been reluctant to allow those institutions to reduce tuition for out-of-state students.

Traditionally, tuition at those institutions has been 150 percent to 250 percent higher for out-of-state students than for state residents.

But economics and demographics have rendered that policy obsolete. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors is on the mark in approving a flexible tuition policy meant to attract, rather than discourage out-of-state students.

Many factors have coalesced to make the decision the best one for the system and the taxpayers who support it.

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