Javascript is currently not supported, or is disabled by this browser. Please enable Javascript for full functionality.

Skip to Main Content
University of Pittsburgh    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 13, 2024
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Financial Information


Enrollment Fee or Tuition Deposit

Upon acceptance to the University, students may be required to pay a nonrefundable, nontransferable enrollment fee or tuition deposit. If paying an enrollment fee, part of that fee will be considered to be a tuition deposit, and part might be used to pay for new student programming of some nature.  The tuition deposit component will be applied toward their first-term tuition. The amount of the deposit varies, depending on your program of admission. Instructions for payment will be specified in the admission letter.

Full-time and Part-time Tuition and Mandatory Fees

This information can be found on the Tuition Rates and Mandatory Fees  page.

Determining How Full-Time vs Part-Time Students are Billed

In the Fall and Spring Terms:

Undergraduate students registered for 12 to 18 credits in the Fall and Spring Terms are regarded as full-time students, and are assessed the current undergraduate “flat” tuition rate for their academic center.
Undergraduate students registered for fewer than 12 credits are considered part-time, and are billed on a per-credit basis.

Graduate students registered for 9 to 15 credits in the Fall and Spring Terms are regarded as full-time students, and are assessed the current graduate “flat” tuition rate for their academic center.

Graduate students registered for fewer than 9 credits are considered part-time, and billed on a per-credit basis.

Students will be charged per credit for each credit exceeding the maximum full-time credit limit.

In the Summer Term:

All students are billed on a per-credit basis in the Summer Term with the exception of students in the School of Dental Medicine Dental Hygiene Certificate Program; the Swanson School of Engineering undergraduate program; the Katz Graduate School of Business Full-time MBA, MBA/MS and EMBA Programs; and the School of Nursing Accelerated Nursing Program.


Students are billed at the undergraduate or graduate tuition level in accordance with University of Pittsburgh Tuition and Fees Policy 09-05-03.

  • A student enrolled in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program is considered an undergraduate student and is billed at the appropriate undergraduate tuition rate.
  • A student who has already been awarded a bachelor’s degree and is enrolled in a graduate or doctorate-professional practice program is considered a graduate student and is billed at the appropriate graduate tuition rate, even for undergraduate classes taken during the student’s graduate career.
  • A student who has already been awarded a bachelor’s degree and is enrolled in an associate’s program or in another bachelor’s program is considered a post-baccalaureate student.  Post-baccalaureate students enrolled in an undergraduate academic center are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate, while post-baccalaureate students enrolled in an academic center that has both undergraduate and graduate degree programs may be billed at either the undergraduate or graduate rate, according to the admitting school’s program requirements.

About Mandatory Fees

Mandatory Fee figures are applicable to students regardless of Pennsylvania or Out-of-State residency. Not listed under Mandatory Fees are:

  1. Course/major fees that are based upon registration in specific courses (e.g., lab fees).
  2. Academic fees (e.g., application fees, academic program fees for programs such as Cooperative Engineering Program and Study Abroad).
  3. Service fees (e.g., late application for graduation and lost ID cards).
  4. Professional workshop and professional development fees
  5. Specific-student fees such as the Freshman Socialization Fee at the Greensburg Campus.

Residency/Reduced Tuition

Admitted students who are United States citizens and have lived in Pennsylvania for a continuous period of 12 months before enrollment in any institution of higher education may be eligible for Pennsylvania tuition rates.  Students who wish to challenge their residency classification may petition for Pennsylvania tuition rates by submitting convincing evidence for review to the Student Appeals Office in Thackeray Hall.  The University’s policy on Pennsylvania Residency Classification is located online at

Military affiliated students and students who are not U.S. citizens may be eligible for Pennsylvania tuition rates if they meet the qualifications and provide the documentation required by University of Pittsburgh Policy 09-05-04, Pennsylvania Residency Classification

For any student younger than 22, both the student and parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must meet the residency requirements to be eligible for reduced tuition. 

Financial Obligation

Students establish a financial obligation to the University when they enroll in courses and will be asked to acknowledge that obligation to be permitted to enroll in classes each term. The agreement to pay (Promissory Note) the student electronically agrees to provides detailed information about the student’s financial obligation and also the consequences of default of that obligation.  Unpaid accounts may be referred to a collection agency, reported to credit bureau(s), and/or the student may be subject to legal action. In either case, the student will be responsible for any and all expenses incurred, including attorney fees. Students will bear the University’s costs and fees associated with all collection activity resulting from the student’s failure to make payment under the agreement they will sign each term.


Special Service Fees may be charged for University transactions that are processed beyond deadlines, due dates, and specified time limits. Special service fees are listed each term in the Schedule of Classes.

Course Fees are associated with certain courses and will be charged when the student enrolls in those courses. These courses are identified in the Schedule of Classes and Course Descriptions. Course fee information is also available on the Academic Regulations  page.

Late Payment Fees are charged when students make payment after the published due date  for their charges for the term.

Payments and Credit Balance Refunds

PittPAY is the University’s online financial portal for students and the Authorized Users that students have designated as having access to their financial information. 

Payments may be made in PittPAY by electronic check (eCheck) or by credit or debit card.  While there is no charge for eCheck transactions, our vendor will charge a non-refundable 2.75% convenience fee for all debit or credit card payments.  Check payments can be mailed to the address on the Remittance Form at the bottom of the Term Statement, which students and Authorized Users can generate and print themselves.

International Payments can be processed in PittPAY through the University’s partnership with Flywire. Flywire offers a streamlined and cost effective way for students and Authorized Users to make international payments on the student account from almost any country, in most currencies.  

PittPAY Payment Plans are available for those who elect to make payments in a series of monthly installments, instead of one payment by the due date .  Participation in a payment plan is optional.  To view available payment plan offers, go to the Payment Plans tab in PittPAY.

eRefunds are automatic refunds of credit balances from the student account.  Credit balances occur when payments to the account, including the disbursement of loans and financial aid, exceed the amount you owe.  Students and Authorized Users who are Parent PLUS loan borrowers, go to the eRefund tab in PittPAY to designate the checking or savings account where your credit balances should be directly deposited. 


Catalog Navigation