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Roae Calls Out State Universities for Overcharging Students by More than $10 Million

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Brad Roae (R-Crawford) today said some fuzzy math used by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) when calculating its tuition rates for next year means students will overpay for their education.


“The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education should be ashamed of itself for trying to take advantage of its students,” Roae said.  “This is a redistribution of wealth from poor college students to well-to-do unionized professors.  College professors shouldn’t be getting rich off their financially struggling students.”


In June, the state budget approved by legislators and signed into law by the governor restored hundreds of millions of dollars in funding that were slated to be cut from PASSHE.  In return for the restoration of funding, PASSHE agreed not to raise tuition rates above the rate of inflation.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor, the Consumer Price Index inflation rate from May 2011 to May 2012 was 1.7 percent.  PASSHE recently announced it plans to raise tuition rates by 3 percent.  Despite the contradiction, PASSHE has continually asserted its tuition increase is below the rate of inflation.


“PASSHE is misleading the students it is supposed to be serving,” Roae said.  “At a time when many college professors are speaking out about corporate greed, these same people are digging deeper into the pockets of college kids who are struggling to reach for the American dream.  This is the epitome of greed.”


Roae did a rough calculation and found the inflated tuition increase will cost each student nearly $85, which – when extrapolated to the nearly 120,000 students at the 14 PASSHE schools – could mean students will be overcharged by more than $10 million.


Those dollars will be used to pay full-time professors who can teach as little as 12 credit hours per week while still drawing a six-figure salary.  At Edinboro University alone, there are more than 90 employees who are paid more than $100,000.


Roae has introduced a 10-bill Keep Tuition Affordable package of legislation aimed at helping students to afford a higher education through PASSHE.  Roae’s proposal would freeze tuition rates, control costs and reform PASSHE funding.  For more information, visit 


State Representative Brad Roae

6th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Dan Massing


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