Penn College tuition hits middle ground, but cost is a concern

It could be worse.

We wish it were less.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Trustees last week approved a 3.85-percent tuition increase for the 2014-15 school year.

The board did so as it was approving a $107.6 million budget for 2014-15.

The tuition increase amounts to $510 for 2014-15 for in-state students enrolled in two average credit semesters of about 15 credits each. The increase is $750 for out-of-state students.

There are many schools issuing tuition increases for 2014-15 that are greater than Penn College’s. And a 3.85 percent increase pretty closely matches the cost-of-living increase.

Add to those realities the fact that Penn College’s varied education offerings, including a world-class technical course offering that few schools can match, make it worth the cost.

But affordability of a college education is becoming an issue for a greater portion of students and their families than ever before. With that in mind, we would appreciate an occasional year without a tuition increase.

Is that unrealistic? In the eyes of some it may be.

We just hope the leadership at Penn College and all other schools, for that matter remembers that families are paying for these educations. And the loans more and more necessary to pay for these educations will have to be paid back.

Limits on tuition increases and budget frugality are the only ways to preserve the possibilities of a college education for the greatest percentage of those who want it.