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New tuition plans in the works at some PA state universities


Tuition changes could be coming to some universities in the State System of Higher Education next fall in an effort to increase enrollment and better compete with other schools.

East Stroudsburg University, for example, is looking to test out a tuition model that provides students with a four-year price guarantee.

Starting in the fall, that university is proposing to make a switch to begin using this approach that is already in place at over 60 colleges and universities across 21 states and the District of Columbia.

A State System board committee discussed three universities’ alternative tuition rate proposals on Monday and voted to recommend them to the full board when it meets later this month – but East Stroudsburg proved the most controversial.

Proposed to be called the “Warrior Pledge,” incoming students would know upfront what their tuition will be for four years at East Stroudsburg. If they take longer to earn their degree, the price would increase starting in the fifth year.

“We do think it will help our students and their families deal with the cost of higher education by giving them an affordable and predictable tuition rate,” said East Stroudsburg’s President Marcia Welsh. “We also feel very strongly it will encourage students to complete in four years.”

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