Much less college students means empty dorms, much less cash at Pennsylvania’s public universities – WPXI

PITTSBURGH – University officials at eight of the state’s 14 public universities are trying to find a way to deal with falling enrollments, less money, and whole wings and floors of dorm buildings.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education continues to finalize the details of the merger between a number of the state’s universities as the fall semester rapidly approaches. According to our partners at, the system’s Chancellor Dan Greenstein proposed that $ 12.5 million be allocated this year to pay off dorm building debt. A review of state records found that more than $ 1 billion in dormitory debt remained in 13 out of 14 public universities.

Some schools have done better than others since the turn of the millennium. At Indiana University Pennsylvania officials began a massive dormitory construction and overhaul project from 2006 to 2010, priced at $ 250 million. By 2019, the occupancy rate in IUP’s dormitories had dropped to 68%.

Edinboro University officials embarked on a $ 115 million project to build dormitories and restaurants shortly after the IUD. The occupancy rate fell to 42% by 2019.

In the entire university system, roughly one in five beds was empty.

It is a problem that PSSHE is working to combat, as it is slated to create two new massive institutions by autumn 2022. There are 11 aging buildings slated to be demolished across multiple campuses in the system.

Faculties and Universities get extra money to assist struggling faculty college students

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Colleges and universities across the country have just received more federal government funding to help students who are in financial difficulty.

The American rescue plan called for colleges and universities to be paid a huge check.

“The entire government dollar amount has increased. What started at 14 billion … and then 23 billion is now 40 billion, “said Tyler Peterson, UAB’s executive director of financial aid.

40 billion has been distributed to private and public institutions to help students struggling financially during the pandemic. The money could be used to pay for tuition, food, housing, health care, mental health, or child care.

And the stress of balancing it all was very real for many families.

A US census survey of households with college students found that one of the main reasons students dropped out in the fall was because of loss of income.

This new round of money for the university emergency fund is also available to more families.

“International students. Students with no credentials and students who haven’t graduated from FAFSA may be eligible for COVID-related disorders,” Peterson said.

Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible if you were an active student in Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021. And since it’s a scholarship, you don’t have to pay back the school.

Students can apply through the tax office of their college or university.

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