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April 30, 2009

Undergraduate tuition frozen at regionals

There will be no undergraduate tuition increases at Pitt’s regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown and Titusville next year, the University announced April 20.

In making the announcement of the regionals’ tuition freeze, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg stated, “Particularly in these difficult times, the University is sensitive to the difficult task of balancing our own financial uncertainties with the challenges faced by families who are budgeting to meet tuition expenses. As a result, we are redoubling our efforts to limit tuition increases.”

In commenting on the likely level of tuition increases on the Pittsburgh campus, Nordenberg noted, “At best, it will be several weeks before the commonwealth’s budget has been approved, permitting us to make the revenue and expense projections necessary to determine the tuition increases that will be necessary for the more complex array of programs offered in Pittsburgh. Some increases seem inevitable, but we will do our best to temper them.”

According to the University’s Fact Book, there were 6,923 students enrolled at the four regionals in fall 2008 including both full- and part-time students.

In-state full-time students at the Bradford, Greensburg and Johnstown campuses paid $11,012 in tuition for the current academic year in most programs; out-of-state students paid $20,572.

At Titusville, the current in-state student tuition is $9,700; out-of-staters will continue to pay $18,320 in tuition for most programs.

The University Planning and Budgeting Committee (UPBC) supported freezing regional campus tuition now, while recognizing that tuition decisions regarding programs on the Pittsburgh campus would have to await further information and analysis.

UPBC also had supported the recently announced salary freeze for employees, which will be in place for the 2009-10 academic year. (See March 5 University Times.)

—Peter Hart

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