HIGHER EDUCATION University of Pittsburgh raises tuition 9.5% for in-state undergrad, grad students

Medical and dental students will see a 5 percent tuition increase.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The University of Pittsburgh will raise its tuition for in-state undergraduate and graduate students by 9.5 percent this fall, citing rising costs and shaky support from the state.
The increase will mean students in the university's College of Arts and Science will see their annual tuition increase from $7,868 to $8,615.
Pitt also will raise its tuition for most out-of-state undergraduate and graduate students by 7.5 percent. Students in the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Medicine will see a 5 percent tuition increase.
Last year, the university increased tuition for its 34,000 students by 14 percent.
Although Gov. Ed Rendell and the Legislature have not agreed on a final education spending plan, the Budget Committee of the University of Pittsburgh's trustee board voted on the tuition increase Monday so parents and students could plan for the upcoming school year, the university said in a news release.
National estimate
The news release also cited the American Association of State Colleges and Universities estimate that the average in-state undergraduate tuition at the nation's public colleges and universities will increase by 12.3 percent.
Last week, Penn State University's board of trustees approved a tuition increase of at least 9.8 percent for resident undergraduate students.
Some students' tuition will rise more than that, however, because of a plan the PSU board approved a year ago to phase in future tuition increases as an alternative to across-the-board percentage increases. Freshmen will pay an additional 16 percent under the new rates, for example.

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