Corbett announces level funding for higher education in 2013-14

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced today (Feb. 1) level funding for the state’s four-year public universities in his 2013-14 spending plan.

During a press conference in Harrisburg, Corbett said university leaders have promised to keep tuition increases as low as possible in exchange for the $1.58 billion investment in higher education. Corbett will unveil his entire 2013-14 budget to the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Feb. 5.

“Our message to college students today is that both my administration and the leaders of your state and state-related schools are committed to making the dream of higher education attainable,’’ Corbett said.

Among those joining Corbett onstage were university representatives as well as Sen. Jake Corman and Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, whose districts encompass University Park. Representing Penn State were Rob Pangborn, interim executive vice president and provost, and Keith Masser, chairman of the Penn State Board of Trustees.

Pangborn thanked the governor for the proposed stable funding for higher education, acknowledging the "persistently difficult budget environment" the Commonwealth faces. Pangborn also recognized Corman and Benninghoff for their ongoing support of Penn State.

“We understand that this is the beginning of a long process and that legislative support is required, but this early indication of your support for funding at at least last year's level will allow us to give early assurance to our students -- current and prospective -- that they will be able to continue to afford a Penn State education," he said. "Dr. (Rodney) Erickson will be working with our Board of Trustees, and we are confident that the board shares our priority to keep an excellent higher education affordable to every Pennsylvania resident student.”

Penn State’s appropriation from the state last year was $279 million. 

Last Updated June 24, 2013