Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, explained that the new award decreases the cost for qualifying students from the current out-of-state tuition rate of $22,812 per year to the current Pennsylvania in-station tuition rate of $12,208 per year.
“This is a great opportunity for students residing in our neighboring New York counties,” he said in a news release sent to WESB. “We’ve strived to make our high-quality college education affordable and accessible for all students who seek to ‘go beyond.’ This award will make attending Pitt-Bradford even more affordable for students in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties who are looking for an emphasis on teaching quality, the support of one of the nation’s top research universities, and an exceptionally friendly, safe and welcoming campus environment.”
Pitt-Bradford, a Pennsylvania state-related university, is just six miles from New York State. Since the campus is part of the University of Pittsburgh, students who attend Pitt-Bradford earn the University of Pittsburgh degree, which is respected worldwide, and have access to the university’s research resources.
Officials at Pitt-Bradford created the new award because they recognize that many students who live in the three nearby New York counties may not consider Pitt-Bradford due to out-of-state tuition costs.
“We’re hoping that New York students who may not have thought about us before will come take a look at all Pitt-Bradford has to offer right across the border,” said Alexander Nazemetz, director of admissions.
The new award is available to new freshmen and transfer students who enroll full time beginning in Fall 2014. Additionally, those students who have already completed their first degree and wish to pursue a second degree on a full-time basis are eligible.
The award is also advantageous for transfer students, Nazemetz said, because its amount is greater than award amounts offered through Pitt-Bradford’s merit scholarship program for out-of-state transfer students.
Students can retain the new award for a maximum of four years by earning a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or better at the end of each spring term. The award applies only to spring and fall terms and cannot be used for any courses taken during the summer.
High school guidance counselors in the three New York State counties have been provided with materials on the new award. Nazemetz recommends that interested students and families contact Pitt-Bradford’s Office of Admissions for more information at 800-872-1787. For additional details, including associated terms and conditions, visit www.upb.pitt.edu/ny.