Prior to the advent of the Weir administration the state changed its tuition policy in the Normal Schools. It had been the practice to charge all students room, board, and tuition. Each student over 17 years of age preparing to teach in Pennsylvania was given state aid of 50 cents a week. This rebate was deducted from his bill. Each graduate who agreed to teach in the state for a biennium after graduation was given $50. In 1901 tuition was made free and the direct financial aid discontinued. According to the 1901 Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, this new departure in normal school policy "removed ... the pressure on the State Board of Examiners to graduate students who spent the last cent in getting an education and who were counting on the fee of fifty dollars for aid in payment of their tuition."