Chancellor: Public universities could enact 5th straight tuition freeze with greater state support
HARRISBURG — The chancellor of Pennsylvania’s publicly owned universities has a vision and a price tag for growing enrollment and graduating workers for industries facing labor crises, but it’s beyond what’s proposed in the budget plan of Gov. Josh Shapiro. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PSSHE) would receive $563.5 million in the next budget under the governor’s plan, a 2% increase totaling approximately $11 million. The system’s chancellor, Dr. Daniel Greenstein, seeks roughly $700 million — a $573 million appropriation from the state’s general fund plus an additional $112 million almost wholly envisioned for student aid. The funding request by the 10-university system would result in higher enrollment in priority academic areas identified by the Shapiro Administration like nursing, teaching and social services, Greenstein said. And, he said it would ultimately direct more skilled workers into those labor markets of need.
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