Graduate Admissions // Tuition and Aid

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Tuition and fees vary based on program, residential status, and other factors.

In-State Tuition Eligibility

State residency is determined by the University of Pittsburgh from information you provide on your application. Your invoice will indicate your classification. A student classified as out of state will also receive instructions on how to appeal the classification, provided their circumstances fall within the University’s guidelines. For details, please view the University Tuition Eligibility Guidelines.

Students enrolled for 9-15 credits in the fall and/or spring term are classified as full-time students and pay full-time tuition and fees, according to their program. Students enrolled for fewer than 9 credits in any term will pay a per-credit tuition rate  and part-time fees. Full-time students enrolled for more than 15 credits in the fall and/or spring term will pay full-time tuition and fees plus the per-credit tuition rate for additional credits beyond 15 credits. Summer term (either full-time or part-time enrollment) tuition is assessed at the part-time per credit tuition rate.

Additional information about tuition and fees for all University of Pittsburgh graduate programs for the current academic year are available at

Cost of Attendance

A student’s budget, or “cost of attendance”, refers to the total amount of educational costs that he or she can expect to incur in a typical year as a Katz student. Educational costs include:

  • Program tuition
  • Fees
  • Books
  • Living expenses

The cost of attendance represents the maximum amount that a student can receive in financial aid, including scholarships, educational loans, or any other grant from a private or government body.  Once your student loan amount has reached the amount of your cost of attendance, you are not eligible for additional educational loans. If you need additional funds, you will need to take out a private loan.

Resources and Information

Merit-Based Scholarships for Full-Time Students

Tuition scholarships provide the primary source of financial assistance for incoming full-time Katz students. These merit-based scholarships are awarded in various dollar amounts and are directly applied to tuition charges.

Katz School scholarships are available to full-time U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and international students. You will receive notification of these awards in your official admission decision letter.

Applicants desiring to be considered for scholarship awards must apply no later than February 1 for the Full-time MBA or MS programs.

Educational Loans for Graduate Students

Once students have gained admission to their program of choice, they can inquire about educational loans through the Admissions Office or by contacting the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Two general types of educational loans exist:

Graduate Stafford Loans

All students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents may qualify for a maximum of $20,500 per academic year under the federal Stafford Loan Program. A Graduate Plus loan is available to cover additional expenses incurred during graduate school.

Private Educational Loans

Private educational loans are available through various commercial banks and private lending institutions for educational expenses not covered by Graduate Stafford Loans or scholarship funds. All students, domestic and international, are eligible to apply for private educational loans. International students typically need a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident co-sign the loan.



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