The University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees voted Friday morning to raise tuition 3 percent at its main campus in Oakland, and 2 percent at its four satellite campuses, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported.
The increase affects both in- and out-of-state students.
A Pennsylvania resident who attends the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the largest school within the university, will pay an extra $458 this year, up from $15,272 last year. That figure does not include room and board.
The trustees also approved an increase in the athletic and freshman socialization fees on the Greensburg campus as well as the creation of a recreation fee at the Johnstown campus and a parking and transportation fee at the Bradford campus, the Post Gazette reported.
Pitt last year implemented its largest tuition hike since 2003, when trustees increased tuition by 8.5 percent — or $1,196 — for in-state students and 4 percent — $948 — for out-of-state students. That raised annual tuition costs to $15,272 and $24,680, respectively, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported.
Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, blamed the need for higher tuitions on a lack of funding from Harrisburg.
“To return to a familiar fact, Pennsylvania lagged far behind most other states in terms of the support that it has provided to its public universities – ranked in the bottom five states by many measures – well before the current budget crisis arrived,” he said in a statement posted on the university’s website.
The state budget signed by Governor Corbett on June 30 maintains funding at current levels for Pennsylvania’s four state-related schools, the University of Pittsburgh, The Pennsylvania State University, Lincoln University, and Temple University.