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Penn State and Pitt top U.S. public school tuition list

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 1, 2014 9:24 AM
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(Pittsburgh) -- The U.S. Department of Education says four-year undergraduate students enrolled at the main campuses at Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh pay more for tuition than students at any other publicly-funded schools in the country. 

The department's newest College Affordability and Transparency list shows Pitt main campus students pay $16,590 annually while Penn State main campus students pay $16,444. 

The national average for similar schools is $7,407. Temple University in Philadelphia ranked 19th on the list at $13,596. 

Pitt spokesman Ken Service says all three state-related schools ranked high on the list because Pennsylvania provides less to support such schools than other states, "passing more of the cost on to students and their families.''

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