Students at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities will pay about 3 percent more for tuition and technology fees in the coming year.
The board of governors of the State System of Higher Education approved that reasonable tuition increase this past week.
The tuition increase is much more level-headed than the 7.5-percent tuition hike of the past year that followed a 20-percent cut in funding for the state universities in the state budget.
Gov. Corbett wanted more cuts this year, but agreed to flat funding of the SSHE system following promises those schools would limit tuition increases to less than the rate of inflation.
The new full-time tuition rate for in-state students of the SSHE system will be $6,428 a year.
That's a bargain by today's college cost standards. The bargain needs to remain in the future to keep the schools thriving.