At Pitt, we pride ourselves on taking care of you, our employees. Faculty and staff can take part in our education benefits, review retiree benefits packages, and explore health and wellness options. Pitt's benefits offerings are among the region's best, including a medical plan with no deductibles, tuition remission, life insurance, optional dental and vision coverage, a contributory retirement plan, and more. Information on all available insurance plans can be found in the Health & Wellness section.
Enrollment, Eligibility, & Status Changes
Benefits coverage varies based on position type. For information on what you are eligible for, review this detailed benefits breakdown.
Pitt offers health and wellness plans, retirement savings plans, and COBRA coverage for faculty and staff, including step-by-step instructions on how to make changes to current Benefits coverage. Explore the Benefits Provisions page for plan summaries and additional information.
You can make changes to your benefits elections if you experience a Qualified Status Change. A Status Change is an IRS qualified event that allows you to make a change in your enrollment elections during the plan year (outside of the open enrollment period). Review the list of the University’s recognized Qualified Status Changes and instructions on how to make a status change to your benefit selections.
Summary Guides to Benefits
Looking for a summary of Pitt's benefit plans? We have guides based on position type below. You can also find information on our different insurance plans on the Health & Wellness Benefits page.
- Full-Time Summary Guide1,2(July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021): Online | PDF
- Part-Time Summary Guide3(July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021): Online | PDF
- Retiree Summary Guide4 (January 1 - December 31, 2020): Online | PDF
- Post-65 Retiree Summary Guide (January 1 - December 31, 2020): Online | PDF
- Student Summary Guide
- September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021: Online | PDF
- September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020: Online | PDF
Benefits Coverage Verification and Coverage Termination
Benefits coverage can be verified by logging into your PRISM account online (how-to guide), where you can see the benefits you are currently enrolled in, as well as review past benefits. In order to request benefits, you must send a verification letter to the Benefits department.
Benefits through the University of Pittsburgh continue until the last day of the month in which the individual works. If the individual’s final paycheck does not have sufficient funds to collect benefit premiums, a missed deductions invoice will be issued. COBRA coverage will be available to faculty and staff whose current coverage has been terminated.
Please visit the Benefits Coverage Verification and Coverage Termination page for more information.
We understand that the loss of a loved one can be difficult. In the event of the death of a family member that is employed at the University of Pittsburgh, the Benefits Department has developed resources to assist the surviving family member. Learn more about survivorship benefits.
1Staff members under Collective Bargaining Agreements are governed according to the terms of the agreements.
2Part-time faculty who are in the tenure stream or tenured for no less than half-time.
3Post-Doctoral Scholars’ benefits are deducted on an after-tax basis.
4Faculty and staff who are a minimum age of 62 on their last day of work.