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July 12, 2012

Trustees expected to set budget, tuition rates July 13

The approval of Pitt’s fiscal year 2013 state appropriation clears the way for the University to set tuition for the upcoming academic year and approve a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. The Board of Trustees budget and executive committees are scheduled to meet tomorrow, July 13, to approve a budget, which would include tuition rates and the amount of the salary pool.

In conjunction with a $27.66 billion FY13 state budget, Gov. Tom Corbett on July 2 signed appropriations bills that held flat the state’s funding for Pitt and its fellow state-related universities.

Pitt’s general appropriation of nearly $136.1 million includes nearly $134 million for general support and more than $2.08 million for rural education outreach.

Corbett’s initial budget plan included cuts of 30 percent for Pitt, Penn State and Temple, while holding funding for Lincoln University flat.

However, legislators and state-related university officials negotiated an agreement to maintain appropriations at FY12 levels in exchange for a pledge not to raise tuition above last year’s 3.2 percent rise in the Consumer Price Index.

Pitt administrators have agreed not to raise Pitt’s blended tuition rate more than 3.2 percent, but have not indicated what the tuition increase would be.

Temple University on June 28 announced a freeze on base tuition for both in-state and out-of-state undergraduates and for students in most graduate programs.

In a prepared release, Temple Board of Trustees chairman Patrick J. O’Connor stated that the university also is making an additional $8 million in financial aid available to students.

Penn State trustees are scheduled to meet today, July 12, and tomorrow to approve a budget and tuition rates.

Penn State President Rodney Erickson has announced that he would ask the university’s board for in-state tuition increases of 2.9 percent at the main campus and 1.9 percent at the branch campuses. According to a PSU release, the proposed 2.4 percent blended tuition rate increase would be the lowest since 1967.

—Kimberly K. Barlow

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