Suprirsing: Tuition Tax Plan Not Popular Among Students, College Administrators

ThePittsburghChannel.com is covering some of the reaction to Mayor Luke Ravenstah’s plan to impose a 1 percent tuition tax on post-secondary students in Pittsburgh.

A couple quotes:

“It will be an additional burden on students, most of whom already are struggling,” University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said at the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education’s news conference on Tuesday morning.

“Do we want fewer college students in Pittsburgh? I think the answer to that is ‘no.’ College students are our lifeblood and they’re the future of this city,” Duquesne University President Charles Dougherty said.

The tax would affect about 100,000 students in Pittsburgh, costing them each 1 percent of their annual tuition. It would raise about $16 million per year.

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.