For the first time in 21 years, the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education voted Wednesday to freeze tuition for the system's 14 universities, which include Edinboro University.

Basic tuition for in-state undergraduate students will remain at $7,716 for the 2019-20 academic year.

The 11 members of the board voted unanimously in favor of the tuition freeze for just the second time in its 36-year history.

The last time it held the line on tuition was 1998-99. That year was also the first time the Board approved a tuition freeze. That makes this tuition freeze the second in the state system's 36-year history.

"I think it’s a watershed moment. I definitely hope that our colleagues across the state and the general assembly are with us in this partnership that we’re embarking on. It means a great deal to our students, and they mean a great deal to me and to us," says PASSHE Chancellor Daniel Greenstein.

“Students and parents of students are looking for us to lead, and on their behalf, we’ve made the right choice,” said Cindy Shapira, chair of the Board of Governors. “Our mission is clear. These universities exist so that Pennsylvanians across all income levels can access quality higher education, and by holding the line on tuition, we are living up to that mission.”

Starting in spring 2020, the board will set a base tuition rate. Each individual school can then follow that rate, or propose their own two-year tuition rate plan that will then have to be approved by the board.

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education is made up of of 14 public universities: Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania.