PITTSBURGH, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Art Institutes system of schools announced today that it will not raise tuition through December 31, 2015 for existing students and any new student who enrolls prior to or for the September 30, 2013 class start. "The ability to afford a higher education in America is a national priority and we are keenly aware that the pursuit of a college degree can be financially challenging," said John Mazzoni, President of The Art Institutes. "Our pledge to hold the line on college tuition for current or new students who enroll prior to or for the September 30, 2013 class start is a decidedly bold move in a climate where higher education costs continue to increase." "It is important to note that The Art Institute of California, a college of Argosy University, has also decided to join in this important decision to hold the line on tuition nationwide," said Dr. Craig Swenson, Chancellor of Argosy University. The Art Institutes schools in the U.S. have not increased tuition for students attending campus-based programs since October 2010. The schools remain committed to finding additional avenues for reducing costs so that those who wish to pursue a higher education can do so. "Our priorities center on students' success and achievement," Mr. Mazzoni said. "By doing what we can to arm our students with the financial information they need in order to plan their educational future, we hope to create the proper environment for students to excel in their chosen fields of study and preparing them for successful future careers." Current students with questions may contact their Financial Aid Officers for complete details and terms of the tuition program. Prospective students interested in learning more may visit www.artinstitutes.edu/tuition-freeze.aspx or contact an Admissions Representative for complete details and terms of the tuition program.