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University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
 
  Apr 19, 2024
 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Financial Information



Tuition

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

Undergraduate:

Undergraduate students registered for 12 to 18 credits 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.

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

Graduate:

Graduate students registered for 9 to 15 credits 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 are billed on a per-credit basis.

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

In the Summer Term:

All graduate students are billed on a per-credit basis except for students enrolled in a full-time program that charges a flat rate per term for fall, spring, and summer.

DETERMINING HOW UNDERGRADUATE VS. GRADUATE STUDENTS ARE BILLED

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

  • 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 https://www.policy.pitt.edu/pa-residency-classification-eligibility-reduced-tuition.

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, 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. 

Eligibility for Pennsylvania tuition (in-state rates) is governed by the University’s Policy on PA Residency Classification.  The policy establishes the criteria used to classify a student as a Pennsylvania Resident (PA Resident) or Non-Resident for tuition purposes. PA Residents are charged in-state tuition rates; Non-Residents are charged out-of-state rates. The term “PA Resident” for tuition billing purposes may differ from other definitions of Pennsylvania residency.

I. Scope

This policy affects tuition rates charged to students who are enrolled in classes at the University of Pittsburgh. It outlines the requirements that must be met to be considered a PA Resident and the responsibilities of those charged with managing the process governing classification of a student’s residency, including the PA Residency Coordinators at each campus.

II. Definitions

A. PA Resident: Classification of students who are charged the in-state tuition rate.

B. Enrolled: Enrolled, as it pertains to this policy, means a student is registered for one or more classes.

III. Policy

One of the requirements to be considered a PA Resident for tuition purposes is that a student must live in PA for 12 continuous months immediately prior to enrollment at an institution of higher education in PA. This is called the “12 Month Requirement.” Students under the age of 22 are considered minors for purposes of residency determination and are classified based on the residency information of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

In addition to meeting the 12 Month Requirement, Non-U.S. Citizens must submit documentation proving they fall into one of the three immigration categories in the “Non-U.S. Citizens Immigration Requirements” section of this policy.

Section V below outlines the requirements that must be met in determining residency classification. As explained in that section, PA Residency Coordinators serve as the central points of contact for submitting materials required under this Policy. Contact information for the PA Residency Coordinators at each campus is provided in Section IX-Resources, below. Where deadlines in this Policy refer to academic term and session dates, please refer to the University’s official academic calendar on the Office of the University Registrar’s website.

Scholarships Contingent on Non-Residency

A student receiving a scholarship or grant contingent on maintaining a residence in a state other than PA will be classified as a Non-Resident for tuition purposes.

University of Pittsburgh grants or scholarships awarded to the student based on out-of-state residency status may be reduced or cancelled if the student is subsequently reclassified as a PA Resident.

IV. Requirements

A. 12 Month Requirement

Students who have lived in PA for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to enrollment at any institution of higher education in PA meet the 12 Month Requirement. For U.S. Citizens, this is all that is required for classification as a PA Resident. Students who are Non-U.S. Citizens must also meet the immigration requirements described in Subsection B below in order to be eligible for reclassification to PA Resident. Students under the age of 22 are considered minors for purposes of residency determination and are classified based on the residency information of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

Students who do not meet the 12 Month Requirement are classified as Non-Residents. Those who wish to challenge their classification can file a petition with their campus PA Residency Coordinator. Instructions are provided below in Section VI. Petitioning to Overcome the 12 Month Requirement.

B. Non-U.S. Citizens Immigration Requirements

In addition to meeting the 12 Month Requirement, Non-U.S. Citizens must demonstrate that they fall into one of three immigration categories to be reclassified to PA Resident:

  1. Asylee, refugee, or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holder); or
  2. Has an approved I-140 or I-130, along with Form I-797, the Receipt Notice for the filing of Form I-485; or
  3. Has an approved I-140 or I-130, along with evidence to support that they intend, but are unable, to file a Form I-485 because they do not have a current priority date as determined by the most recent U.S Department of State Visa Bulletin.* To provide sufficient evidence under this category, the student must provide evidence of their country of birth; in most cases, a copy of the passport identification page meets this requirement.

Filing Deadlines. Students who meet the 12 Month Requirement and fall into one of the immigration categories above must submit copies of their immigration documents to their campus PA Residency Coordinator to request reclassification by:

  • Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms: no later than 30 calendar days after the first official day of classes for the term.
  • Summer session within the Summer Term: no later than 15 calendar days after the first official start date of classes for the session.

If documentation is submitted after the deadline, the request for reclassification will be effective on the first day of the following term or summer term session. Residency reclassification is not retroactive to any prior terms.

Refer to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services for further information about determining your priority dates. As explained in those resources, a person’s priority date is determined by the specific category of permanent residency applied for, and the country of chargeability (birth).

C. Military Affiliated Students

Qualifications. Individuals who meet at least one of the following qualifications are eligible for PA Resident status for tuition purposes:

Under the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Statutes Title 24 (Education), Section 2509 (the “Act”).

1. Any Veteran, their spouse, dependent children, or any other individual who is eligible to receive benefits under any of the following:

  1. 10 U.S.C. Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve
  2. 38 U.S.C. Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty
  3. 38 U.S.C. Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  4. 38 U.S.C. Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill®

In addition, a child, a spouse, or a surviving spouse who is eligible to receive benefits under Chapter 35 (relating to survivors’ and dependents’ educational assistance) qualifies for the PA Resident tuition rate.

For purposes of the Act, a “Veteran” is any individual who served in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component or National Guard, and who was discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.

If you meet any of the above-listed requirements, please provide a copy of the Service Member’s DD214 and your Certificate of Eligibility from the VA to the Residency Coordinator at the Pittsburgh campus.

2. Military personnel who are assigned to an active duty station in Pennsylvania and who reside in Pennsylvania, and their spouses and dependent children. If you meet this requirement, please provide a copy, to the Residency Coordinator at the Pittsburgh campus, of the active duty member’s orders and a copy of the first page of the most recent IRS Form 1040/1040A displaying the name of the spouse or dependent child, if applicable.

3. Civilian personnel employed at a US Department of Defense facility who are transferred to Pennsylvania by the US Department of Defense and who reside in Pennsylvania, and their spouses and dependent children. If you meet this requirement, please provide a letter, to the Residency Coordinator at the Pittsburgh campus, from the US Department of Defense that documents the transfer to Pennsylvania specifying the name of the person employed, the applicable US Department of Defense facility in Pennsylvania, and the start date, along with a copy of the first page of the most recent IRS Form 1040/1040A displaying the name of the spouse or dependent child, if applicable.

Under the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Title 51 (Military Affairs), Chapter 32:

  1. Service Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard who are receiving the Education Assistance Program (EAP) Grant qualify for the resident tuition rate.  Beginning academic year 2020-2021, PA National Guard members’ spouses, surviving spouses, and children who are eligible for benefits under the Military Family Education Program (MFEP) also qualify for the resident tuition rate. If you meet these requirements, you will be reclassified to a Pennsylvania resident once you are an enrolled student and the financial aid office has been notified by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency that you have been awarded EAP or MFEP benefits.

Filing Deadlines. Military affiliated students should submit the documentation described in paragraph (1), (2), or (3) above to the PA Residency Coordinator at their campus to request reclassification by:

  • Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms: no later than 30 calendar days after the first official day of classes for the term
  • Summer session within the Summer Term: no later than 15 calendar days after the first official start date of classes for the session.
  • date of classes for the session.

If documentation is submitted after the deadline, the request for reclassification will be effective on the first day of the following term or summer term session. Residency reclassification is not retroactive to any prior terms.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

V. Petitioning and Appealing to Overcome the 12 Month Requirement

A. Filing a Petition

Students whose initial residency classification is Non-Resident because they do not meet the 12 Month Requirement may complete the University’s petition form and file it, together with supporting documentation, to the PA Residency Coordinator at their campus. Through the Petition Process and supporting documentation, the student must demonstrate that they:

  1. Came to PA for reasons other than enrollment in an institution of higher education; and/or
  2. Intend and are able to live in PA permanently or indefinitely upon completion of their academic studies.

Contact information for the PA Residency Coordinator at each campus, the petition form, and its filing instructions, are provided in Section IX-Resources, below.

Petition Deadlines. A student must submit their petition to the PA Residency Coordinator by:

  • Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms: no later than 30 calendar days after the first official day of classes for the term.
  • Summer session within the Summer Term: no later than 15 calendar days after the first official start date of classes for the session.

Petitions Filed After the Deadline. A petition filed after the deadline will be considered for the following term or summer term session.

Request for Additional Documentation. If additional documentation and information is requested by the PA Residency Coordinator, it must be submitted within 15 days of the date requested. Otherwise, the petition will be denied for that term.

B. Factors Considered

The following factors may be taken into consideration by the University when rendering a decision on a petition or appeal for reclassification. No required number of factors must be met, since each case is decided on the basis of the facts provided, the quality and reliability of the documentation submitted, and the student’s intentions and actual ability to live permanently or indefinitely in PA.

  • Payment of appropriate PA state and local taxes.
  • Agreement for permanent, full-time employment in Pennsylvania.
  • Lease or purchase of a permanent, independent residence in Pennsylvania by the student.
  • Transfer of bank accounts, stocks, automobiles, and other registered property to Pennsylvania from another state.
  • Membership in social, civic, political, athletic, and religious organizations located in Pennsylvania.
  • Procurement of a Pennsylvania driver’s license.
  • Procurement of a Pennsylvania motor vehicle registration.
  • Registration to vote in Pennsylvania
  • A notarized statement by the student or their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in the case of a minor declaring their intention to make Pennsylvania their residence either permanently or for an indefinite period of time.
  • A notarized statement from the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a student under the age of 22 setting forth facts to establish the student’s financial independence and separate residence. The student should provide financial documentation demonstrating the ability to fully and independently support themselves to substantiate this condition.

C. PA Residency Coordinator Decision

The PA Residency Coordinator will review the petition and supporting documentation, and then render a decision and provide written notification to the student.

If the petition was submitted by the deadline for the term, and the petition is approved, the residency reclassification will remain in effect going forward.

A petition filed after the deadline for a term, if approved, will be effective on the first day of the following term or summer term session. Reclassification is not retroactive to any prior terms.

If the petition is denied, the student has 30 days from the date of notice of denial to inform their PA Residency Coordinator in writing if they wish to appeal by appearing before the University Residency Appeals Committee (the Committee) as noted in Subsection D below. The PA Residency Coordinator will notify the Committee of the student’s request.

D. University Residency Appeals Committee

If a student properly files an appeal of the PA Residency Coordinator’s decision, the student will be invited to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee so the Committee can review the PA Residency Coordinator’s decision. The student has the option to attend that meeting with the Committee to discuss their case and answer questions. After the meeting, the Committee will deliberate and render a final decision that will be provided to the student in writing. If the student wishes to be accompanied to the meeting by legal counsel, the attorney will be limited to observing and cannot participate in the meeting, nor respond to questions on behalf of the student.

If the initial petition form was submitted by the deadline, and the Committee approves the student’s appeal, the effective beginning term of reclassification will be term in which the student filed the petition.

If the initial petition form was submitted after the deadline for a term, and the Committee approves the appeal, the effective beginning term of reclassification will be on first day of the following term or summer term session. Reclassification is not retroactive to any prior terms.

VI. Notifications
  1. When a student moves from Pennsylvania to another state they must give written notice to their campus PA Residency Coordinator.
  2. When parents of a student under 22 years of age move, the student must give written notice of any change in their parent’s/parents’ or legal guardian’s/legal guardians’ address to their campus PA Residency Coordinator.
VII. Adjustments and False Information

Students who are found eligible for in-state rates due to an error in classification are subject to retroactive reclassification as Non-Residents and are responsible for the payment of all related tuition and fees.

Students who are found eligible for in-state rates as a result of false or concealed facts are subject to University discipline and are responsible for the immediate payment of all Non-Resident tuition and fees. Failure to make payment in full may result in legal action and additional costs, including legal fees, court costs, and collection costs that may include an additional percentage of the total amount due to the University, if the unpaid account balance is assigned to a Collection Agency.

The University reserves the right to periodically audit and make any necessary adjustment in the classification of all students.

VIII. Governance or Responsibilities

A. Student

  • Under 22, notifies the University of a change in residency of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s);
  • Notifies the University of a change in their residency status;
  • Files a petition with their campus PA Residency Coordinator, if they receive a Non-Resident classification; and
  • Notifies their PA Residency Coordinator if they wish to file an appeal of a decision to deny their petition of a Non-Resident classification.

B. PA Residency Coordinator

  • Reviews residency petitions and makes decisions on residency classification;
  • Communicates results to the student as needed and when appropriate;
  • Notifies the University Residency Appeals Committee of a student’s appeal of the PA Residency Coordinator’s decision on a petition; and
  • Provides written notification to the student of the Committee’s final decision, if the student has elected to have the Committee review the appeal.

C. University Residency Appeals Committee

  • Reviews student appeals; and
  • Provides final decisions on residency classification based on information provided during the review of the appeal.
Petitioning for Eligibility for Reduced Tuition Rates

Instructions for Petitioning

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.

Fees

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 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. 

 



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