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University fees to increase

University of Pittsburgh

By Cristina Holtzer

This fall, students at Pitt’s main and Titusville campuses could be paying more money in fees to the University.

The Student Affairs Committee met to propose raising semesterly fees, including the main campus Wellness fee from $85 to $105 and the Graduate and Professional Activity fee from $20 to $30. For part-time graduate students, the fee will be raised from $10 to $15.

At Titusville, the Student Affairs Committee proposed increasing the Student Activities fee from $75 to $90 for full-time students and from $10 to $15 for part-time students.

The committee also suggested raising the Titusville Recreation fee from $80 to $100 for full-time students and $15 to $20 for part-time.

According to an official agenda of the committee’s meeting from Pitt spokesman John Fedele, student use of Student Health Services and the Counseling Center has increased 30 percent since moving the services to Nordenberg Hall last fall.

“The University Administration has determined that the current Wellness fee of $85 is inadequate to keep pace with increasing costs and to further develop and expand existing programs,” the background statement to the meeting agenda states.

The elevated Graduate and Professional Activities fee will “provide students more avenues to advocate on behalf of graduate and professional students on the state and federal level,” according to the background statement.

The Pitt Board of Trustees will make a final decision on these proposed fee increases at its next meeting in June.

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