Penn State planning to freeze 2020-21 tuition to help ease COVID-19 hardships

Due to the economic challenges facing Pennsylvania and the nation, Penn State President Eric J. Barron announced plans today (April 23) to freeze tuition rates for all students University-wide for the 2020-21 academic year. The plan, which will be presented to the University’s Board of Trustees for final approval at its July meeting, would mark the third consecutive year that Penn State has held tuition rates flat for Pennsylvania resident students.

A message from Penn State President Eric J. Barron

In the face of severe financial impacts to the University brought on by the global coronavirus pandemic, on April 23 Penn State President Eric J. Barron announced some salary adjustments; a 3% across-the-board cut to university budgets in the next fiscal year; and his intention to work with the Board of Trustees to freeze tuition for the 2020-21 academic year to limit student costs.

Invent Penn State graphic

LaunchBox is a signature program of Invent Penn State, which is a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success. Invent Penn State blends entrepreneurship-focused academic programs, business startup training and incubation, funding for commercialization, and University-community collaborations to facilitate the challenging process of turning research discoveries into valuable products and services that can benefit Pennsylvanians and humankind. Connect with the initiative at

Innovation Commons ribbon-cutting

A Jan. 8 ribbon-cutting opened the Innovation Commons lab at Penn State Behrend, one of six new entrepreneurship centers funded by the Invent Penn State initiative. Participating were, from left: Samuel P. "Pat" Black III, chairman of Erie Management Group and a longtime supporter of Penn State Behrend; Penn State Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey; Penn State Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses Madlyn Hanes; Penn State President Eric Barron; Penn State Behrend Chancellor Ralph Ford; Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper; Perry Wood, executive director of the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority; and Scott McCain, chairman of the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows.