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Chatham University announces tuition, housing and dining price changes for 2024-25 year

Riley Hurst-Brubaker
Student walks by Chatham University sign at the Shadyside campus

An email sent to the Chatham University student body on Feb. 26 from interim Chief Operations Officer Eileen Petula outlined several changes students can expect to see in the 2024-25 academic year.

Tuition changes

Following an increase of $812 per semester last academic year, tuition will increase another $634.50 per semester totaling $21,759 per semester in the 2024-25 academic year.

The following fees have been increased:

  • Technology: $15
  • Campus fee: $9

The Communiqué has reached out for comment on how this fee would be impacted if the University decided to cut the laptop program. 

In an email sent to the Communiqué about the laptop program on Jan. 23 by Vice President of Marketing and Communications Bill Campbell stated, “Leaving the laptop program would lower their technology fee in the 25-26 academic year.”


On-campus housing prices will be increased for the 2024-25 academic year.

The University stated that Shadyside upper-campus residence and Orchard Manor residence at Eden Hall will see an increase between $44 and $60 per month.

This would equate to an overall increase between $352 and $480 over an eight-month stay during an academic year.

The lower-campus apartments at the Shadyside campus will be seeing an increase of $55 to $135 per month. Over the course of a student’s eight-month stay, this would be an increase of $440 to $1,080.

The University stated in the email that this change is “to better align with the market and increase the ability of the university to make necessary updates to these apartments in the coming academic years.”

The cost per apartment will vary based on local market rates, size, location and occupancy. While the increased costs will also go into updates for the apartments, the email said.


All incoming first-year students will now be required to have the unlimited meal plan option. The cost of this meal plan is $3,400 per semester.

The email also stated the overall amount of meal plan options will be decreased from 11 to six, and the current plans are being renamed.

Below is the new meal plan options, and their subsequent prices:

Shadyside Upper-campus plans

  • Chatham Unlimited Meal Plan
    • 21 meals a week with $50 flex $3,400 per term
  • Chatham 14 Meal Plan
    • 14 meals a week with $100 flex $2,700 per term
  • Chatham 10
    • 10 meals a week with $150 flex $2,100 per term

Shadyside Lower-campus plans

  • Apartment Premium Meal Plan
    • Six meals a week with $500 flex $1,700 per term
  • Apartment Primary Meal Plan
    • Six meals a week with $250 flex $1,050 per term

Eden Hall plan

  • Eden Hall Meal Plan
    • 17 meals a week at any dining location with $350 flex $3,000 per term

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Carson Gates
Carson Gates, Editor in Chief
Carson Gates ’25 is a Communications major with a concentration in journalism. Carson is from the Buffalo, New York area, and chose Chatham University for its quiet and homey feel on campus, while also being smack dab in a major city. Carson is the editor-in-chief for the Communqiué, and when he writes, he writes primarily for the sports section but has been known to dabble in other areas as well. While being a writer, Carson is the host for the Communqiué podcast in the quad, the "Quadcast." Carson is also a goalie for Chatham's men's ice hockey team. Carson Gates can be reached best at [email protected] or via Instagram or Twitter @gatesy35.
Riley Hurst-Brubaker
Riley Hurst-Brubaker, Media Editor, Video
Riley Hurst-Brubaker ‘24 has been a part of the Communiqué staff since 2021 and currently holds the position of Video Editor. Originally from central Pennsylvania, Riley came to Chatham University to experience life in Pittsburgh. She chose to pursue a degree in communications, following the journalism track, after taking the Communiqué newsroom class and attending several meetings. When she’s not creating content for the Communiqué, she enjoys spending time with friends, reading anything that’s not required for a class and drinking more caffeine than is recommended by friends and health professionals. 

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