University of Pittsburgh requests 5 percent more money from Pennsylvania for academic year

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The University of Pittsburgh today announced it has submitted its appropriations request to the state of Pennsylvania for 2014-15, asking for a 5 percent increase.

The non-preferred appropriation request totals $143.1 million. The total -- including academic medical center funding through the state Department of Public Welfare -- is about $155.2 million.

If the increase is granted, Pitt pledged to try to limit tuition increases to 3 percent and to increase the compensation pool by 2.5 percent for 2014-15.

"It is important to note that the current funding level is at 1995 level in actual dollars, unadjusted for inflation," Pitt spokesman Ken Service wrote in an email.

He said even with a 5 percent increase, the university would still be at a funding level seen in the late 1990s.

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Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.


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