BU President: Cost-saving measures hold PASSHE tuition increase at 2 percent

For Immediate Release

Date: July 14, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—Officials at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and the other 13 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education shaved a total of $21 million from their budgets this year in efforts to keep tuition as low as possible, said BU President Jessica Kozloff.

During the quarterly meeting Thursday, July 14, the PASSHE Board of Governors approved a tuition increase of 2 percent, or $96, for 2005-06, the smallest increase in seven years. The action brings tuition to $4,906 for a full-time undergraduate student who is a Pennsylvania resident and will generate $12.2 million in revenue.

The Board of Governors also agreed to increase the technology fee from $100 to $125, generating an additional $2.5 million for instructional technology improvements. The commonwealth’s 2005-06 budget provides $445.4 million to the State System, representing an $11.9 million, or 2.75 percent, increase over last year’s funding. The System also received $19.9 million in special line items.

“Two factors were at play in keeping the tuition increase at its lowest level in nearly a decade—support from the commonwealth and our own efficiency measures,” Kozloff said. “All of the State System universities have been closely examining and cutting our expenditures so we could keep tuition as low as possible. At Bloomsburg, we took a hard look at our budget and were able to trim $1.6 million by delaying some capital improvements and choosing not to fill three temporary instructional positions and six vacant non-instructional positions.

“As part of the State System, we shared in savings that came about through collaborative purchasing and strategic sourcing initiatives, as well as health benefit savings,” she added.

Although PASSHE’s Board of Governors sets tuition and the technology fee, each university’s Council of Trustees establishes room and board rates and other fees. Bloomsburg’s Council of Trustees approved a new $15 parking fee for commuter students and a 3.4 percent increase in room and board earlier this year, bringing the most popular student option of a double room and 19-meal plan to $2,688 per year.

“With this support—an $11.9 million, or 2.75 percent, increase over PASSHE’s state funding in 2004-05—plus our cost-cutting measures, Bloomsburg and other PASSHE universities have the resources we need to continue providing students with high-quality educational experiences while, at the same time, keeping tuition affordable. We appreciate the governor’s and legislators’ support for public higher education and will continue to work closely with them to meet the critical needs of the commonwealth,” Kozloff said.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.