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HARRISBURG — Four Pennsylvania universities said Wednesday they will follow through with tuition increases despite calls from House Republicans to roll back the price hikes.

The lawmakers, including Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, the GOP nominee for governor, argues Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln and Temple are receiving federal funds and do not need to increase tuition.

The universities did not receive a bump in funding in this year’s state budget. Instead, through one-time federal funds, the universities will split about $30 million on top of budget funding.

“From a long-term planning standpoint, it would not be prudent for us to use it as part of our recurring operations,” said Steve Orbanek, a Temple University spokesman.

Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi said the funds would be put toward student success.

“This infusion of one-time funds, though, will not eliminate the larger financial pressures the institution is facing,” she got

Mastriano and House Republican leaders sent letters to the universities in recent days.

“In at least two instances, the state flat-funding appropriations over last year was cited as a cause for the tuition increase,” House Republican leadership said in a statement Wednesday. “Given the recent news about receiving additional funding for the 2022-23 academic year, it would only be prudent to roll back these decisions for all students, but at a minimum, for Pennsylvania residents attending your institutions.”

A Pitt spokesperson said their share will be earmarked for student financial aid and outreach.

Lincoln University President Brenda Allen said in a statement the increase only applies to new students. Lincoln declined to comment on how it will allocate the additional funds.

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