Financial Aid

Many Pitt Public Health doctoral students and some master’s students receive some type of financial aid in the form of student loans, full or partial scholarships, fellowships, student hourly jobs, or assistantships. While funding is not guaranteed for every student, Pitt Public Health provided more than $5 million in financial aid last year. Check the school-level tuition and financial aid overview to review options for financing your degree, then contact your department for more information.

Assistance for Health Policy and Management Students

All forms of financial assistance available in the department are based on demonstrated merit and prior academic performance, as we do not engage in needs-based financial analysis. Most of our students receive some financial support through federally-sponsored or commercial student loans. Applicants seeking such need-based support should contact the University’s Office of Financial Aid ( for information about the FAFSA application process.

The department has limited, but increasing, resources for financial assistance in the form of HPM donor-designated scholarships and some other discretionary sources. Partial scholarships may be made available for applicants with strong records of previous academic performance, demonstrated leadership and community service. However, it is rare that we are able to provide more than 50% tuition support and often our awards are smaller to supplement other sources of funding, including family resources, loans and student employment. Students who are interested in financial assistance are highly encouraged to schedule a campus visit, preferably during one of our campus visit days.

Graduate Student Assistantships are available for highly competitive second year students that provide 50% tuition and a nominal monthly stipend. Although these are term-by-term appointments there is a possibility that the GSAs could extend across both Fall and Spring Terms (8 months), assuming the student maintains good academic standing and satisfactory performance in her/his assigned responsibilities.

Graduate Student Research positions may also be available on a limited basis depending on the terms and level of funding provided by an externally-funded grant or contract. Although doctoral students typically are given priority consideration for these positions, they may be offered to MS degree students with the requisite research skills, knowledge and commitment. The availability of GSR positions is less predictable than other sources of financial assistance since they depend on external sources and needs specific to the grant or contract.

International students are not eligible for departmental forms of financial assistance since by University policy they must document the capacity to fund their educational program for its expected duration. However, under exceptional circumstances, high-performing international students who are pursuing doctoral studies may qualify for GSR positions or other forms of student employment.

Applicants to the PhD program in Health Services Research and Policy should contact Jessica Dornin at to inquire about the availability of financial assistance for doctoral students.

Small grants and tuition support awards may be available at the school-level to supplement other sources of financial assistance. These opportunities will be communicated by the office of student affairs as they become available.

Financial Offers to students pursuing the MHA or MPH are made on a case-by-case basis throughout the admission cycle. Applicants with questions about their competitiveness and the availability of financial assistance should contact the Vice Chair for Education Kevin Broom after receiving an offer of admission. Competitive applicants who are seeking merit-based financial assistance are strongly encouraged to make a campus visit. Investing your time and energy to meet us, learn about our programs, see the campus, and experience the city of Pittsburgh is a clear signal of your true level of interest in attending Pitt. We rarely extend financial offers to applicants who choose not to visit campus, and if we do, those offers will occur near the end of the admissions cycle. 

Coverdell Fellows Program

Pitt Public Health invites Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) to apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which provides financial support towards a Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science (MS) degree as well as experience working with local underserved communities.

Coverdell Fellows receive a 35 percent tuition & fees scholarship for up to four academic terms of study at Pitt Public Health. If you're interested in pursuing an MPH or MS degree, simply check the RPCV box on your SOPHAS application!