Financial Support: Additional Resources

Dean's Tuition Scholarships

Dean's Tuition Scholarships are a very limited number of tuition scholarships awarded by the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Studies, typically for the final term of graduate studies. The primary criteria for such awards are financial need and academic achievement. Students with TA, TF, GSA, GSR, PROVISIONAL and SPECIAL graduate status are not eligible for these funds. Receiving TA, TF, GSA, or GSR support voids Dean's Tuition Scholarship. These scholarships cannot be provided for beginning students. Students who received a Dean's Tuition Scholarship previously are ineligible to receive it again except under special circumstances as discussed with the Graduate Studies Office. Priority is given to students who have exhausted all University of Pittsburgh and personal resources and who are required to be registered in order to receive a degree from the Dietrich School. This is a TUITION-ONLY SCHOLARSHIP; students are responsible for any other required fees. For an example of the application template, see the Spring 2023 Dean's Tuition Scholarship Application. In addition to completed applications, a letter of recommendation from the student's advisor is required in order to be considered for this scholarship. The letter should comment briefly on the student's academic achievements, progress toward degree, anticipated completion and graduation dates, and financial need. Completed applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to Jamie Tattersall at  

Federal Work Study

The TA/TF/GSA Federal Work Study Program provides funds to enable the University of Pittsburgh to recover part of the stipends paid to some TA/TF/GSAs who are eligible under federal guidelines. Eligibility does not affect the student's current duties, future support, or financial status. The funds recovered for eligible students are used in two ways: (1) to support the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences programs that benefit graduate students generally, and (2) to provide supplemental support directly to the eligible student. Eligible students receive $500 for travel or research related expenses during the next fiscal year. All domestic students who apply (even if they are found ineligible) will receive a $50 Book Center certificate. 

  • Who may apply: TA/TF/GSAs with U.S. citizenship or permanent alien residence.
  • Requirements: Fill out the FAFSA and FAAS, which are available through the Office of Financial Aid website and contact Graduate Studies at 412-624-6094 to alert the office you would like to apply.

University Center for International Studies Scholarships

The University Center for International Studies offers a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students, including the International Studies Fund (ISF), study abroad scholarships, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS), the Newman Award for International Intergenerational Project Initiatives, among others.

Student Loans 

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid can provide information about financing your graduate education.

Tuition and Fees 

The Office of Institutional Research lists the University of Pittsburgh's current student tuition and fees.

The Council of Graduate Schools has developed GradSense (, a unique online education platform that provides students with financial information about a range of topics including the value of pursuing an advanced degree. Through interactive visualization tools and engaging infographics, students can use this site to better understand issues related to borrowing and spending, potential future earnings, and money management.

For writing and revising grant proposals, see this helpful handout, Grant Proposals (or Give Me the Money!), from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's writing center.