UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 09-05-03
CATEGORY: STUDENT AFFAIRS
SECTION: Tuition and Fees
SUBJECT: Tuition, Fees, and Deposits (All Campuses)
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 7, 2009 Revised
This policy establishes the basis for the assessment and billing of tuition, fees, and
deposits for all campuses of the University.
Tuition and general student fee rates are approved by the Board of Trustees. Other
fees and deposits are approved by the Provost. See Procedure 09-05-03, Tuition,
Fees, and Deposits (All Campuses).
Some service fees may not be applicable to all campuses; however, if assessed, the
rate must be consistent with the current approved rates
established for all campuses.
The Application Fee is a service charge for reviewing an applicant's academic
preparation and performance to determine admission, and for establishing all the
necessary records for enrollment at the University. The nonrefundable Application
Fee is assessed to the following applicants
- All freshmen applicants and transfers from other universities except transfers
from the regional campuses.
- Any student taking one or more courses for academic credit. This includes
special courses, seminars, workshops, courses taken for
- All applicants for graduate school.
- Students who have not attended classes for three consecutive terms and have
been transferred to inactive status must apply for readmission. The only
exceptions are students who have become inactive due to service in the Armed
Forces of the United States.
- Students who have obtained a baccalaureate degree and wish to register for credit
courses in another academic center or at another academic level within the
- Students admitted to one graduate academic center and transfer to another
graduate academic center.
The Application Fee is a one-time payment for each degree program.
Upon acceptance, each undergraduate student must pay a Tuition Deposit. The
deposit is applied toward payment of the first term tuition and is not refundable. The
Tuition Deposit is forfeited if the student does not attend for the agreed upon term of
admission. If such students are readmitted at a later date, a second Tuition Deposit
is required. Tuition Deposits are required by some graduate academic centers within
Tuition and fees for all courses that appear on the student's transcript or academic
record will be billed through the Student Administration
The student's full-time or part-time registration status is used for billing and financial
aid. See Policy 09-04-01, Registration Status.
Full-time students are billed on a term basis for the Fall and Spring Terms. Part-time
students are billed on a per credit basis. For the Summer Term/Sessions all students
are billed on a per credit basis. Exceptions must be approved by the Provost.
A student may register for more than 18 undergraduate or 15 graduate credits in a
single term with the specific written approval of their academic dean. Credits taken
over 18 undergraduate or 15 graduate are billed over and above the term rate charge
at the prevailing per credit tuition rate applicable to the student's academic program.
Exceptions for the following graduate programs have been approved by the Provost
Senior Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences:
- In the Fall Term only, up to 16 graduate credits are included in the flat rate billing
for the Graduate School of Public Health program 340571 and the School of Social
Work programs 260350, 264350, and
- Up to 20 credits are included in the flat rate billing for the Katz Graduate School of
Business programs 210454, 210462, 210463, and
- Up to 21 credits are included in the flat rate billing for the Katz Graduate School of
Business programs 210450, 210451, and 210459 and the Graduate School of
Public Health program 340584.
A student taking courses at a campus other than his "home campus" (the last campus
to which the student was admitted or transferred) must be billed in full by the "home
campus" for all courses based on a single
Post-baccalaureate students enrolled in an undergraduate academic center are billed
at an undergraduate rate. A student who obtained a baccalaureate degree is billed at
the graduate tuition rate unless
officially enrolled in another baccalaureate program.
Post-baccalaureate students enrolled in an academic center that has both
undergraduate and graduate degree programs may be billed at either the
undergraduate or graduate rate depending on the student's academic goals.
General University Fee
The General University Fee, included in the tuition charge, is subject to a maximum of
$200 per term/session. The Board of Trustees has directed that all receipts from this
University Fee be segregated and maintained in a separate and distinct account. It is
specifically directed that the receipts from this source are subject only to special
appropriation by the Trustees for capital purposes and debt service and/or for such
purposes that the Trustees shall authorize.
Student Activity Fee
Student Activity Fees for undergraduate and graduate students are collected from all
full-time and part-time students each term/session. This fee is established separately
for each of the campuses of the
Student Health Fee
Beginning with the Fall Term 1990 (91-1), the Student Health Fee is mandatory for all
full-time students at the Pittsburgh Campus. Similar fees, where established, are
mandatory for the regional campuses of the University. The fee covers all services
offered by Student Health except certain elective procedures, injuries, and medication.
Part-time students may elect to pay the Student Health Fee each term/session, or to
student health services as used.
Computing and Network Services Fee
The Computing and Network Services Fee provides funding for upgrading and
maintaining the University's computer systems, equipment, and facilities. The fee is
mandatory each term/session for all full-time and part-time
Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee
The Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee is mandatory each term/session for all
full-time and part-time Pittsburgh campus students. The fee provides funding for
campus transportation/transit services including fixed shuttle routes, expanded
handicapped/disabled transport services, a night on-call van service, an on-call
escort service, and security
Procedure 09-05-03, Tuition, Fees, and Deposits (All Campuses)
Policy 09-04-01, Registration Status