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Jul 17, 4:18 PM EDT

Penn State budget includes no in-state tuition increase

MONACA, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State will keep tuition the same for the university's in-state undergraduates in the upcoming school year, and the school says it's the first time in 49 years there's been no annual increase.

The proposal was unveiled and approved Friday at the university's board of trustees meeting at Penn State's Beaver campus. It keeps annual tuition at about $16,570.

Gov. Tom Wolf praised the move, saying the board recognizes the need to help middle-class families and says he's fighting to wipe out cuts in state aid to the school in recent years.

Non-Pennsylvania resident tuition will rise by 2.8 percent on average, generating $18 million for the school.

Barron says keeping in-state student tuition flat will require $17 million in cuts that he hasn't identified yet in the school's $4.9 billion budget.

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