At Students’ Expense: Rising Costs Threaten Pennsylvania Public Universities’ Role in Upward Mobility

Stephen Herzenberg, Diana Polson, Mark Price |

Deep cuts in state funding coupled with living expenses on campus that have risen faster than tuition are threatening to put State System schools beyond the financial reach of many moderate-income families. This Reports and Briefing Papers presents the facts on the costs of attending State System schools over time, on the state policy decisions that drive cost trends, and on the impact of costs on enrollment, especially of children from working families.