In-state tuition available for some New York students

A new Go Beyond NewYork State Award is allowing eligible incoming freshman from Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties in New York to take advantage of in-state tuition at Pitt-Bradford. 

            “This allows me to attend the college of my choice without added stress,” said Brenna Gustin, an incoming student from Wellsville, N.Y., with plans to major in criminal justice.

            Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, explained that the new award decreases the cost of qualifying students from the current out-of-state tuition rate of $23,268 per year to the current Pennsylvania in-state tuition rate of $12,452 per year.

            “This is a great opportunity for students residing in our neighboring New York counties,” Alexander said. “We’ve strived to make our high-quality college education affordable and accessible for all students who seek to ‘go beyond.’”

            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. 

The new award is available to new freshmen and transfer students who enroll full time beginning in Fall 2014, Spring 2015 or Fall 2015. 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, said Alex Nazemetz, director of admissions, 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.

            For more information, visit www.upb.pitt.edu/ny/.