University of Pittsburgh's board of trustees voted this morning to raise tuition at its main campus and three out of four regional campuses.
Tuition rates at the main Oakland campus will rise 3.25 percent for in-state and out-of state students.
A Pennsylvania student in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences -- the largest school in the university -- will pay $16,240 compared with last year's tuition of $15,730.
Out-of-state students will pay $26,246 compared with last year's tuition of $25,420.
Pitt officials said tuition increases were needed partly because Pitt's appropriation from the state of Pennsylvania remained flat this year.
Chancellor Mark Nordenberg wrote in a statement that Pitt is grateful for Harrisburg's commitment to flat funding, but he noted that, unadjusted for inflation, Pitt's appropriation is about what it received in the mid-1990s.
Arthur Ramicone, the university's chief financial officer, said this is the second lowest tuition increase since 1975.
At three of Pitt's regional campuses -- Bradford, Johnstown and Greensburg -- there will be a 2 percent increase.
There will be no increase at the Titusville campus.
At the medical school, tuition will increase 5 percent.
Pitt's increase came after trustees at Penn State approved a 3.39 percent tuition increase at its main University Park campus. In-state freshmen and sophomores from Pennsylvania will pay $16,090 for the academic year.
According to the most recent data posted on the U.S. Department of Education website, Pitt edged out Penn State as the most expensive public college in the country.
Keith Masser, the chairman of Penn State University's board of trustees, said last week that keeping Penn State cost-competitive with other universities is "important."
"We compete (for prospective students) with other schools, so we benchmark tuition based on other universities in the state," he said.
Mr. Ramicone said that even though Pitt may still look like the most expensive school, total four-year costs are lower than Penn State's because Pitt does not increase tuition for its upperclassman.
"We come out at a lower total cost," Mr. Ramicone said.
Trustees also approved a $1.94 billion operating budget and a $128.2 million capital budget, which will include improvements to Hillman library, food service and science facilities.
The board approved a salary-increase pool of 2.5 percent after freezing salaries in fiscal years 2010 and 2012.
Alex Zimmerman: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-3909 and on Twitter: @AGZimmerman. Jessica Tully contributed.