Education Benefits for Retirees

The University of Pittsburgh offers education benefits to retired faculty, librarians, research associates, staff, their spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children. This benefit is available at the Pittsburgh campus and all of the regional campuses. You may be eligible to retain the same education benefits available to active employees after retirement.

Review the provisions for the education benefit for your position type on the Education Benefits page.

Requirements for Continuation of Benefits

At the University of Pittsburgh

You may be eligible for the continuation of education benefits if you are currently utilizing the benefit (prior to retiring), or were employed full-time at the University for at least five years immediately prior to retirement.

At Other Institutions

Dependent children of retirees may be eligible to use this benefit at other institutions if you are currently utilizing the benefit (prior to retiring), or if the parent or guardian was employed full-time at the University for at least ten years immediately prior to retirement.

Required Documentation

For Self

Paperwork must be submitted once per academic year.

The education benefit will only be applied for the terms listed on the Education Benefit Request form for the University of Pittsburgh. If the student will be studying abroad or participating in a co-op program, please notify the Benefits Department to ensure the benefit processes on these tuition charges.

Forms are only accepted via fax, 412-624-3485, mail, or in-person drop-off. Forms are NOT accepted via email due to the University's security policy on the transmission of personal information.

For Spouse/Domestic Partner

Paperwork must be submitted once per academic year.

For Spouse

For Domestic Partner

The education benefit will only be applied for the terms listed on the Education Benefit Request form for the University of Pittsburgh. If the student will be studying abroad or participating in a co-op program, please notify the Benefits Department to ensure the benefit processes on these tuition charges.

Forms are only accepted via fax, 412-624-3485, mail, or in-person drop-off. Forms are NOT accepted via email due to the University's security policy on the transmission of personal information.

For Dependent Child(ren)

Paperwork must be submitted once per academic year.

  • Education Benefit Request form for the University of Pittsburgh
  • Copy of the retiree's most recent Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, listing the student as a dependent son or daughter

The education benefit will only be applied for the terms listed on the Education Benefit Request form for the University of Pittsburgh. If the student will be studying abroad or participating in a co-op program, please notify the Benefits Department to ensure the benefit processes on these tuition charges.

Forms are only accepted via fax, 412-624-3485, mail, or in-person drop-off. Forms are NOT accepted via email due to the University's security policy on the transmission of personal information.


Additional Education Programs and Resources

Osher: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Pittsburgh is a thriving and vibrant membership-based community of adults, age 50 and older, who are passionate about learning. For a nominal annual fee, you can take unlimited courses geared towards the retiree population. This includes classes such as art, literature, languages, physical activity, and more. This program also allows you to audit two actual credited University courses per term.

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.