Pitt, Penn State Are Nation’s Most Expensive Public Universities

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:

In the battle for first place, there’s one competition neither University of Pittsburgh nor Penn State University is eager to win: Who has the highest tuition.

They were the two most expensive public universities in the country, according to the most recent data from 2011-12 released by the U.S. Department of Education, which showed that Pitt topped the charts as the most expensive.

Both universities argued that rising costs — including health care and energy — were reasons to increase tuition. But both cited flat funding from the state as a significant factor.

“Schools that are usually at the top for highest tuition are at the lowest end for state support,” said Penn State spokesman Reidar Jensen. “There’s a link.”

Schools at the top for highest tuition are also at the lowest end of places I’d send my kid to college. In that case, there’s also a link.