Pitt student fees for computing, networking services increase
University of Pittsburgh students will pay more this fall for campus computing and networking services.
The University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees' student affairs committee on Tuesday raised the per-term computing and networking services fee -- to $175 from $150 for full-time students and to $100 from $75 for part-time students.
"It seems almost inevitable," said Ellen Weber, 22, a senior majoring in political science and sociology who plans to graduate in December. "Twenty-five dollars doesn't seem like too much. But everything's becoming more expensive overall, including tuition."
Last year, Pitt's board increased in-state tuition by 4 percent -- to $13,344 from $12,832 -- for the 2009-10 academic year. Out-of-state tuition rose by 2.5 percent, to $23,042 from $22,480.
The computing-fee increases will take effect this fall and remain throughout the 2010-11 academic year.
The fee pays for Pitt's computing costs, including student computer labs, WiFi areas and spam filtering. The committee last increased that fee -- first applied in 1989 -- in 2006.
David Gordon, 21, a senior majoring in psychology who plans to graduate next May, said he appreciates the computer labs and WiFi access that Pitt provides.
"The increases are somewhat worth it," Gordon said. "But they are doing a lot of increases out of nowhere, so I'm not sure."