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 (https://oafa.pitt.edu) 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 are 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.
Graduate Student Assistantships are available for highly competitive entering students that provide 50% tuition and a nominal monthly stipend. Although these are term-by-term appointments typically they extend across both Fall and Spring Terms (8 months), assuming the student maintains good academic standing and satisfactory performance in her/his assigned responsibilities. Although these GSA positions are not guaranteed for renewal for the duration of the student’s program, students who receive a GSA appointment upon entering the program and who perform well will receive priority consideration for available GSA or other scholarship opportunities in their 2nd year.
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 Master’s 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 may qualify for GSR positions or other forms of student employment.
Applicants to the PhD program in Health Services Research and Policy should contact Ms. Jessica Dornin at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 management decisions are made on a case by case basis throughout the admission cycle. Applicants with questions about the availability of financial assistance should contact the Vice-Chair for Education, Dr. Wes Rohrer, after receiving an offer of admission.