BU defers per-credit tuition pricing pilot

For Immediate Release:  April 17, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University is deferring a per-credit tuition pricing pilot planned for fall 2015.

The decision was made in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State System Board of Governors’ vote to freeze tuition for academic year 2015-16, as requested by Gov. Tom Wolf. The governor’s proposed budget for 2015-16 includes $45 million in funding for the State System’s 14 member institutions.

“We are encouraged by the renewed commitment to higher education funding from Gov. Wolf,” said BU President David Soltz. “It is refreshing to be part of a discussion that may bring a level of funding the State System has not experienced in many years.”

With approval of BU’s Council of Trustees and the State System Board of Governors, the university had planned to charge all undergraduate students by credit, rather than a flat fee that has been in place for students enrolled in 12 to 18 credits. This week’s decision means students will pay the rate of tuition established by the State System Board of Governors in July, estimated at $3,410 per semester for Pennsylvania residents and $8,525 per semester for out-of-state residents.

A letter will be sent to all current and incoming BU students explaining the decision and how tuition will be set for 2015-16.

“As the governor’s proposed budget makes its way through the state legislature, we remain committed to providing our students with a high-quality, affordable education and the support services that will facilitate timely graduation,” Soltz said.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.