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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog
University of Pittsburgh
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Aug 17, 2018
2017-2018 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 ranges from $200-$500. 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.

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

Students who reside in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may be eligible for reduced tuition through state appropriations.

Assessment of Pennsylvania resident tuition rates is based on whether the student meets the criteria to be considered as a permanent resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Essentially, a student who has lived in Pennsylvania for a continuous period of 12 months before enrollment in any institution of higher education in the state may be eligible for Pennsylvania tuition rates. The student must be a citizen of the United States or have an immigrant or permanent visa. For a student younger than 22, both the student and parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must meet the residency requirements for eligibility. Any admitted student may petition for Pennsylvania tuition rates by submitting convincing evidence for review by the Student Appeals Office.

Eligibility is determined by criteria outlined in the University of Pittsburgh Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Reduced Tuition Rates available in the Student Appeals Office in Thackeray Hall or online at

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.


PittPAY is the University’s online financial portal for students and their Authorized Users, who students designate in PittPAY as having access to their financial information. 

Online Payments may be made through PittPAY by electronic check (eCheck) or credit/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.

International Payments can be processed in PittPAY through the University’s partnership with Flywire. Flywire offers a streamlined and cost effective way to make international payments for tuition and fees on the student’s account. More information is available at

PittPAY Payment Plans are available for students who elect to make payments in monthly installments instead of as one payment at their due date.  Participation is optional.  More detailed information about the payment plans is available at

Check Payments can be mailed to the Student Payment Center. Instructions are available in PittPAY.