Pennsylvania has eight state-aided institutions:
State-aided institutions offer programs that the commonwealth has determined meet the "public interest" and are not being offered by any other state-supported institution. First conferred on institutions in the 1880s, state-aided institutions currently emphasize certain medical, technological and arts specialities.
State-aided institutions have received direct commonwealth appropriations. Most direct appropriations were suspended in 2010. As of fiscal year 2012, all direct funding was suspended.
The institutions are independently operated. Each institution sets its own tuition, fees and related costs of attendance.