- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The University of Pittsburgh’s trustees are giving their approval for a tuition increase for in-state main campus students and out-of-state students for the 2016-17 academic year.

The new rates approved Monday raise tuition at Pitt’s four regional campuses by 1.9 percent.

The university’s has a $2.1 billion operating budget.

After a freeze last year, university officials are stressing that the increase is one of the smallest percentage hikes in 41 years. Base tuition at Pitt’s main campus will jump from $17,292 to $17,688 a year.

University Chancellor Patrick Gallagher says serving the interests of students and alumni means costs have to be monitored and controlled.

Pitt received $159 million as part of the state’s new budget, a 3 percent increase from last year.

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