Education Benefits for Dependent Children

Dependent children of regular full-time staff may take advantage of the employee dependent child scholarship benefits beginning with the first term after the employee has completed the provisional period of employment with the University. If certain dependency criteria are met, dependent children are eligible for education benefits to attend the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers five different scholarship benefit programs to the dependent children of regular full-time staff.

Eligibility criteria for each program may vary. Please refer to the appropriate University policy to determine eligibility for each program.

Eligibility for the benefit does not guarantee admission to or retention in any academic program.

Admissions information for each program should be obtained by the respective program's institution.

Dependent Child Benefit at the University of Pittsburgh

The Request for Education Benefits form must be submitted once per academic year for each individual who is eligible for education benefits at the University of Pittsburgh. Download the Request for Education Benefits Form (PDF).

Staff employees must attach documentation to verify child dependency when submitting the Request for Education Benefits form to the Office of Human Resources.  If all eligibility criteria are met, the education benefit will be reflected on the student's invoice as a credit, subtracted from the balance due, when the invoice is generated by the Office of Student Accounts.

A Request for Education Benefits form must be processed if a dependent child initiates:

  • a class registration
  • processes and add/drop
  • resigns from the University

Dependent Child Benefit at Other Institutions

Benefits for dependent children of regular full-time staff to attend another institution may be in effect if you fulfill service and salary criteria. To be eligible for the Other Institutions Program, the employee must have been hired by 09/01/1994 or have accepted in writing an offer of employment by 09/01/1994. If hired before 09/01/1989, your annual salary must currently be at least $17,500 to qualify for the Other Institutions Program. If hired between 09/01/1989 – 08/31/1994, your annual salary must currently be at least $40,000 to qualify for the Other Institutions Program.

Dependent children of employees meeting the Other Institutions eligibility criteria are eligible for a scholarship covering tuition up to a maximum of the in-state, full-time College of Arts & Science (CAS) undergraduate tuition for two terms per year for a maximum of four academic years or 8 terms. Download the Staff Education Benefits at Other Institutions Form (PDF).

The Staff Education Benefits at Other Insititutions Form should be completed on an annual basis for eligible dependent children who wish to receive edcuation benefits at institutions other than the University of Pittsburgh.  Staff members should complete the first section of the form, and return it to the Benefits Department at the address below for approval:

Benefits Department
300 Craig Hall
200 S, Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Fax: (412) 624-3485

Study Abroad

The University of Pittsburgh encourages international study and endeavors to make available education benefits to eligible staff dependent children.  Learn More »

Tuition Exchange

The Tuition Exchange (TE) Scholarship organization is a non-profit organization that serves as the coordinating body for a partnership of more than 550 schools nationally who offer "exchange" scholarships to dependent children of faculty and staff at member institutions.  Learn More » 

Falk Laboratory School

The Falk Laboratory School is a laboratory school operated by the School of Education and consists of classes for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.  Learn More »