Office of the Provost

Educational Benefits

For the full University policies on faculty educational benefits, refer to University Policies 02-07-01, Employee/Spouse/Dependent, Scholarships for Faculty; 02-07-02, Effect of Separation on Eligibility for Faculty Scholarship Benefits; and 09-03-01, Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program. Educational benefits are administered through the Office of Faculty Records.

For additional information, please call 412-624-4232 orĀ  visit the Office in G48 Cathedral of Learning.

Faculty Members

Full-time faculty members, faculty librarians, and research associates are eligible to receive a significant tuition scholarship toward the first six credits taken each term at the University of Pittsburgh. Chaplains and ROTC faculty who serve full time on campus are also eligible. Graduate scholarships may be subject to Federal Income Tax and FICA Tax withholdings. All other fees and charges are the student's responsibility. The individual must pay the full tuition for any credits in excess of six. The Summer Term or any of the Summer Sessions will be treated as one entity for tuition scholarship purposes. The individual is eligible to take six credits in a combination of these. Contact the Office of Faculty Records, telephone 412-624-4232, for the current tuition rates.

Part-time faculty in the tenure stream or tenured, and part-time faculty librarians who have been granted expectation of continuing employment and who are no less than half time, are eligible to receive a proportionate tuition scholarship.

Faculty who are on approved long-term disability or who are retired are entitled to the same scholarship benefits as current faculty.

Faculty Spouses

Spouses, widows, and widowers of full-time faculty members, faculty librarians, and research associates, and spouses, widows, and widowers of retired, disabled, or deceased faculty members, faculty librarians, and research associates who were full time, are eligible for a significant tuition scholarship toward six credits per term provided they are degree candidates. Spouses of ROTC faculty who serve full time on campus are also eligible. Graduate scholarships issued to spouses of faculty are subject to Federal Income Tax and FICA Tax withholdings. All other fees and charges are the student's responsibility. The individual must pay the full tuition for any credits in excess of six. The Summer Term or any of the Summer Sessions will be treated as one entity for tuition scholarship purposes. The individual is eligible to take six credits in a combination of these. Contact the Office of Faculty Records, telephone 412-624-4232, for the current tuition rates.

Faculty Children Attending Pitt

Dependent children of full-time faculty, faculty librarians, ROTC faculty, and research associates are eligible for scholarships covering full undergraduate tuition at any school at the University of Pittsburgh for a maximum of 12 terms of full-time or part-time study in an undergraduate program leading to a first baccalaureate degree. All other fees and charges are the student's responsibility. The student must be listed as a child dependent on the employee's Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax return for the calendar year most applicable to the academic term for which the scholarship application is being made. The University requires satisfactory documentation to verify dependent status, such as a copy of the most recent Form 1040.

Registration for full- or part-time study in a term or session debits one of the 12 allowable terms. Also, dependent children attending high school and registering for courses in a term or session at the University debit one term of the 12 allowable if they matriculate at the University.

For students transferring from the University of Pittsburgh to another college or university, and who are eligible for a tuition scholarship to another institution, each term in which a tuition scholarship is used debits one term toward a total of eight terms allowed.

Dependent children of full-time faculty, faculty librarians, and research associates who are retired, on disability, or deceased are eligible for 12 terms of full- or part-time undergraduate tuition at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dependent children of part-time faculty in the tenure stream or tenured, and part-time faculty librarians who have been granted expectation of continuing employment and who have an appointment for no less than half-time, who are retired, on disability, or deceased are eligible to receive proportionate tuition scholarships.

Faculty Children Attending Other Institutions

Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program

Dependent children of full-time faculty and regular full-time staff with at least one year of University service may apply to participate in the Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program. The Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program is composed of approximately 350 colleges and universities in the United States whose employees may send their dependent children to any other Tuition Exchange school at significant cost reduction or no tuition charge at all. Nearly 40 institutions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania participate in this Program. Students must be full-time freshman undergraduates to apply. The Program operates on the principle of balanced exchange: that is, each institution must maintain, over time, a balance between the number of children "exported to" and those "imported from" other institutions. Therefore, only a limited number of scholarships are available each year.

If their institution of choice participates in this Program, eligible faculty dependents must first apply to the Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program before requesting a tuition scholarship. Tuition scholarships are addressed below, under "Tuition Scholarships for Other Institutions."

This program is a "scholarship opportunity" rather than a fringe benefit. When scholarships are limited by the import/export balance, assistance to applicants will be determined based on the parent's length of service at the University. While the number of scholarships available varies each year, participation of faculty and staff members with less than ten years of service has been rare.

The Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program is administered by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. For information or a list of participating schools and application forms, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, telephone 412-624-7192. A list of participating schools and application forms may also be obtained in the Office of Faculty Records (G-48 Cathedral of Learning).

For additional information, refer to University Policy 09-03-01, Tuition Exchange Scholarship Program.

Tuition Scholarships for Other Institutions

Tuition benefits for child dependents of University faculty and staff attending other institutions have been eliminated for new employees who accepted offers of employment after September 1, 1994 or later. The University continues to provide a tuition scholarship program for dependent children of full-time faculty members, faculty librarians, eligible research associates, and eligible staff who accepted offers of employment in writing by September 1, 1994. Research associates must also receive an annual salary of at least $17,500 in order for their dependent children to be eligible for a scholarship to other institutions.

Under this scholarship program, the dependent may attend any other accredited college or university as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student. In order to qualify, the institution must offer and the student must be enrolled in a program leading to a formal degree; the institution must be accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education; and the institution must offer courses of instruction that are regularly accepted for transfer credit by four-year institutions of higher education.

Eligible students receive tuition scholarships up to a maximum of the in-state undergraduate tuition for two terms in the School of Arts and Sciences at the Pittsburgh Campus per year for eight terms. If the tuition amount is less than the University's School of Arts and Sciences in-state undergraduate tuition, only the billed tuition amount will be paid. All other fees and charges are the student's responsibility. The University requires satisfactory documentation to verify dependency status such as a copy of the most recent Form 1040.

Tuition benefits provided to faculty and staff members for their dependents to attend other institutions are subject to State Income Tax withholding. Effective 9/1/97 all employees, regardless of salaries, are subject only to State Tax withholding.

Payments will not be made for prior terms' tuition. Tuition payments will be restricted to current terms.

If the maximum yearly amount of the tuition scholarship is not used, it cannot be carried forward to the next academic year. A tuition scholarship will be awarded only for the term in which the student is currently enrolled.

A student who has not used the maximum amount per year and who wishes to attend his or her institution or the University of Pittsburgh for the remainder of that academic year as a full- or part-time undergraduate may have the balance applied to the tuition.

For students transferring from another college or university to the University of Pittsburgh, each academic year at the other institution will be equivalent to two terms at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dependent children attending high school and registering for courses at the University of Pittsburgh will have the tuition payment deducted from the first term the tuition scholarship is processed if they matriculate at another college or university.

Dependent children of full-time faculty members, faculty librarians, and staff employees who fulfilled the salary criterion, and who are retired, on disability, or deceased are eligible to receive tuition scholarships to other institutions if they are enrolled at the time of their parent's retirement, disability, or demise, or if their parent was employed full time at the University for a total of ten years prior to retirement, disability, or demise.

Dependent children of part-time faculty in the tenure stream or tenured, and part-time faculty librarians who have been granted expectation of continuing employment and who are no less than half time, who are retired, on disability, or deceased are eligible to receive tuition scholarships to other institutions proportionate to a full-time appointment if they are already enrolled at the time of their parent's retirement, disability or demise.