Maybe this marks a trend of returning to the notion of state-supported law schools. Tuition at a private school is understandably higher than at a state school. But in the last decade or so, even the state schools have hiked up their tuition to private-school levels. State schools should be more affordable for residents of the state, so this is a move in the right direction.
My first year at DSL was 1977-1978. Back then, the state gave a small grant to Pennsylvania residents. I was from Maryland so I didn't receive it. But then, I think even without the grant, my tuition was only about $1500 per semester. (That's the number I remember; maybe someone else can confirm.) I paid for the first year of law school (including living expenses) with a $5,000 inheritance and got a student loan for $10,000 to pay for the last two years, so I think my memory is accurate. (I also had what they called a "library scholarship" for middler year, which means I worked in the law library. For third year I worked for Dean Wilks.)