State Schools Seek Permission to Offer Per-Credit Tuition

The State System of Higher Education is scheduled to vote on whether to allow two more of its 14 state-owned universities to offer per-credit tuition to in-state students, rather than the flat annual rate of $6,820.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Bloomsburg University were seeking approval at Thursday's meeting in Harrisburg.

IUP wants to cut the current per-credit fee of $284 by 7 percent, but increase it gradually back to that rate in four years.

Millersville and Clarion universities have previously received approval to charge in-state students per-credit tuition instead of a flat rate.

IUP officials are hoping the change will encourage students to take more credits per semester and increase graduation rates when coupled with incentives to boost need-based financial aid and shorten the time it takes to earn some degrees.

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