PASSHE Board of Governors Set 2012-2013 Tuition Rates

July 10, 2012

July 10, 2012,  Cheyney University received word late Monday that The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)  has approved a 3 percent tuition increase for the 2012-13 academic year.  The decision also reflects its commitment to the Legislature and the governor, and marks the fifth time in eight years the increase has been either at or below the rate of inflation. 

Upon learning of the rates, Cheyney University President Michelle Howard-Vital commented, “We are relieved that the Board of Governors kept the tuition increases as low as possible.  We are very grateful for the support of Cheyney University alumni and corporations such as PECO, Vanguard, Wal Mart, and State Farm in helping us raise scholarship funds for the talented and deserving students at Cheyney University.  We also are very grateful for the tuition support for the Humphreys Scholars from the Friends Fiduciary Corporation.  The Friends have kept their pledge for over 175 years.  We will be looking to other corporate stakeholders to help us produce talented and contributing citizens who will keep our region strong in intellectual capital and spur economic development.”

According to PASSHE officials, the $188 increase – $94 per semester – ensures PASSHE will remain the lowest-cost option among all four-year colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. The total cost of attendance – including tuition, fees, room and board – also likely will remain below the national average, and significantly below the average in the Middle States region, which comprises Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The new annual tuition rate for full-time, resident undergraduate students attending any of the 14 PASSHE universities beginning this fall will be $6,428. Nearly 90 percent of PASSHE students are Pennsylvania residents; about 85 percent attend full time.

“This action demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our students and their families, and to the Commonwealth,” said PASSHE Board of Governors Chairman Guido M. Pichini. “PASSHE universities will continue to offer high-quality education at the most affordable cost possible.”