Pitt approves 5.5% tuition increase

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In-state undergraduate tuition at the University of Pittsburgh's main campus will increase 5.5 percent or $732 a year under a budget approved today by school trustees.

The board's budget and executive committees also approved a 2.5 percent increase on the Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown and Titusville branch campuses, as well as a 3 percent tuition increase for out-of-state students on the main campus.

The vote means that in-state students on the main Oakland campus in the arts and sciences, the largest school, will pay $14,076 a year in tuition, not counting room, board and fees. Other schools will be higher, with the school of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the top at $17,720.

Though the percentage increase for out-of-state students is lower, those students in the arts and sciences at the main campus will pay $23,732 a year in tuition, a $690 increase.

The new price schedule covers approximately 34,000 students.

It was approved as trustees voted unanimously for a $1.89 billion operating budget for the 2011 fiscal year that began July 1 and an accompanying capital budget of nearly $183 million.

Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said the school has managed to move forward in the bad economy, although he noted, "Our revenue streams continue to be under stress."

He said the board juggled rising costs with the need to limit tuition increases.

"We struck the best possible balance," he said.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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