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September 27, 2012

Pitt asks state for 5% increase

In its annual request for state support, Pitt is seeking a 5 percent increase in its appropriation for fiscal year 2014.

At that level of support, the University would intend to limit tuition increases to 3 percent and increase its compensation pool by 2.5 percent, according to the request sent to the state Department of Education this week.

For the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2013, Pitt is seeking $142.88 million in general support and $8.68 million in academic medical center funding for a total of $151.56 million.

Rolled into the request for general support is education and general funding plus funding for disadvantaged students, the STAR (Services for Teens at Risk) program and rural education outreach.

The request for academic medical center funding, which is provided through the state’s Department of Public Welfare budget, includes $4.25 million for the School of Medicine, $500,000 for the dental clinic, $3.73 million for Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and $195,000 for the Center for Public Health Practice.

In the current state budget, Pitt’s appropriation includes nearly $136.1 million (made up of $134 million for general support and more than $2.08 million for rural education outreach) and $4.05 million in academic medical center funding for a total of $144.34 million.

The appropriation request is Pitt’s first step in the annual state funding process. State agencies submit their budget proposals to the governor, who presents a proposed state general fund budget in early February. Following hearings before the Senate and House of Representatives appropriations committees, legislators work out a final budget, which is due by the June 30 fiscal year end.

An outline of the annual process can be found at

—Kimberly K. Barlow

Filed under: Feature,Volume 45 Issue 3

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