Pa. state universities must fill $32M budget gap

July 16, 2008 1:26:03 PM PDT
Administrators of Pennsylvania's state-owned university system say they need to fill a roughly $32 million budget gap for the 2008-09 school year. Officials delivered the news Wednesday to the finance committee of the State System of Higher Education's governing board.

Associate vice chancellor Lois Johnson says the $1.4 billion education and general budget for the 14 universities is higher than originally estimated. Johnson says that's due partly to higher-than-expected inflation and utility costs.

The universities also received a smaller boost in state aid than they had requested.

The committee was supposed to recommend new tuition rates but delayed its consideration until Thursday because its chairman was absent. The full board is expected to consider the committee's recommendation Thursday.