The Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) voted unanimously to freeze tuition at System universities, including Shippensburg University, for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year. 

With the decision, tuition for in-state undergraduate students – nearly 90% of whom are Pennsylvania residents – will be flat for six consecutive years (2018-19–2023-24 academic years). If tuition had kept pace with inflation since 2018, it would be 21 percent higher today.  

“We are committed to providing an affordable and superior education at Shippensburg University. Our students are our top priority, and this freeze in tuition demonstrates our commitment to access and affordability for all students. We are grateful for the General Assembly and Governor Josh Shapiro and their continued support of our mission,” said Dr. Charles E. Patterson, president of Shippensburg University  

The state budget passed by the House and Senate would provide an increase of $33 million, or 6 percent, to PASSHE universities. With that level of investment, in the last two years the state has increased funding by $108 million, or nearly 23 percent, with PASSHE receiving $585.6 million in 2023-24, up from $477.5 million in 2021-22. 

Shippensburg University is a major contributor to Pennsylvania’s workforce and is actively increasing the number of graduates into the high-demand careers of healthcare, STEM, education and business. The university provides unique experiential learning opportunities for students in these fields including Grace B. Luhrs University Laboratory School, the only public elementary lab school in the state, the Milton and Doreen Morgan School of Engineering, the Brad E. Hollinger Stock Trading Room, the Center for Land Use and Sustainability and more.

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