It looks like students will be paying more to attend Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities next year.

The finance committee of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's board of governors approved a 3.5 percent tuition increase Wednesday.

The full board will have to approve that increase for it to take effect and raise tuition by about $250 a year for most students. Current tution is about $7,240 for Pennsylvania undergraduates.

Officials said the increase is need to cut a projected shortfall in half.

A final vote is expected Thursday.

Those universities are: Bloomsburg; California; Cheyney; Clarion; East Stroudsburg; Edinboro; Indiana; Kutztown; Lock Haven; Mansfield; Millersville; Shippensburg; Slippery Rock; and West Chester.