Education Benefits


The University of Pittsburgh offers education benefits to all regular full-time staff members, their spouses/domestic partners, and dependent children. Regular, part-time staff employees are eligible to receive the education benefits for themselves only, but the benefit is prorated based on the individual’s percentage of effort. The education benefit is applied to tuition only, and remains on your account irrespective of the grade received. All other charges and fees are the responsibility of the staff employee. Educational benefits for eligible staff employees are administered by the Benefits Department. Eligible faculty, research associates and scholars should work with the Faculty Records Department for education benefits. Staff education benefits are governed by University Policies 07-11-01 and 07-11-02.  

Eligibility for Education Benefits at the University of Pittsburgh  

Review the following student types below to view the specific benefits offered.

Student Undergraduate Programs Graduate Programs
Staff Employees X X
Dependent Children of a Full-time Staff Employee X Not Eligible
Spouses and Domestic Partners of a Full-time  Staff Employee X X
Faculty, Research Associates and Scholars Contact the Faculty Records department to review eligibility, 412-624-4232.

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

Exclusions and restrictions may apply. For questions regarding a specific program, please contact the Benefits Department.


Under Section 127 of the IRS tax code, the value of educational benefits applied to graduate-level courses is considered taxable income. This requires staff members to pay taxes on a portion of the educational benefit he or she receives for graduate-level courses over a certain value. For staff employees, the first $5,250.00 (in a calendar year) is awarded on a pre-tax basis. After this amount is met, the benefit is taxed at a rate of 35.65%. For spouses and domestic partners, there is no pre-tax value and the benefit will be taxed during all three terms of a calendar year. For domestic partners, the undergraduate benefit is also subject to taxation.

Responsibility for Full Tuition Repayment

To avoid full payment of the tuition if you voluntarily resign during a semester, the following time frame applies:

  You must be employed through the last working day of:
Fall Term October
Spring Term February
Summer Term


Related Education Programs

Education Benefit at Other Institutions:  Until September 1, 1994, the University of Pittsburgh offered a benefit program for dependent children to attend other accredited colleges or universities. While this program was discontinued, dependent children of full-time, regular staff members, hired prior to September 1, 1994, may still be eligible to receive this benefit. Learn More » 

Tuition Exchange (TE) Scholarship: The Tuition Exchange 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: Falk School scholarships, up to one quarter tuition, are available to dependent children of regular full-time staff employees who have been on the University payroll for 12 consecutive months.  Learn More »

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