University of Pittsburgh students can expect their tuition, housing, and food costs to increase next semester.
On Thursday, Pitt’s Board of Trustees Budget and Executive Committees unanimously approved the $2.7 billion operating budget and $667 million capital budget for the 2022 academic year- 23.
- a 3.5% tuition increase for in-state undergraduates at the university’s Oakland campus
- a 5.5% increase for non-residents of Oakland
- a 2% increase for in-state and out-of-state students at Pitt’s four regional campuses in Greensburg, Johnstown, Titusville and Bradford
On paper, most students in Oakland State will pay about $335 more in tuition each semester, while students at regional campuses will pay $135 more.
On-campus accommodation and food costs are also expected to rise. House prices will rise 4.6-4.9% in Oakland and 5-6% at regional campuses. The university will increase dining costs by 4% on the main campus and by 4.3-5% regionally.
These costs also increased in the 2021-22 academic year after Pitt froze tuition and housing in 2020.
Although student tuition has increased by about 10% over the past four years, university officials said financial aid has increased by about 30% over the same period.
“As in recent years, we will reinvest a large portion of these tuition fee increases into student financial aid,” Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Hari Sastry said Thursday.
During the meeting, Sastry also nodded to the university’s $151 million appropriation it received from the state in the 2022-23 budget. Pitt will use the money to provide tuition discounts to its students in the state.
Pitt’s public funding sparked debate this year after some House Republicans questioned their support for the university’s research using fetal tissue from elective abortions. Republicans have indicated that they want to withhold public funds from Pitt and give that money directly to Pitt’s students.
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Despite attempts by Republicans to end the research or redirect Pitt’s funding, Pitt’s appropriations bill was approved.
“We are grateful to our Harrisburg leaders for maintaining their investment in the future of our Commonwealth,” Sastry said.
Increase in teacher compensation
The operating budget of $2.7 billion reflects a 5.8% increase over last year’s operating budget of $2.6 billion. Meanwhile, the capital budget has increased by 90%, from $351 million last year to $667 million in 2022-23.
Sastry said this budget reinforces Pitt’s commitment to “strengthen research, recruit and retain high caliber students, enhance diversity and support sustainability.”
The university plans to “reward hard-working faculty and staff” with a 4.25% raise for salary increases and retention. Many Pitt employees haven’t seen a raise since the pandemic began, Sastry said.
Additionally, Pitt’s research budget reached $1 billion for the first time in the university’s history.
“This reflects the continued exceptional work of Pitt researchers and staff and further strengthens our institution’s position as a world leader in research and innovation,” said Sastry.