Tuition and Cost to Attend Pitt

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Pennsylvania residents to go to Pitt is $29,742 for the 2014/2015 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Pennsylvania residence can expect a one year cost of $40,138.

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus tuition is $16,872 per year for in-state residents. This is 162% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,429. The cost is $7,253 and 30% cheaper than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $24,125 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 50th in Pennsylvania amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 85th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $27,268 which represents a 62% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $900 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $17,772.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,800 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Pittsburgh should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,170.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus
Expenditure Price
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost $29,742
   In-State Tuition$16,872
   Other Fees$900
   Room and Board$10,800
   Books and Supplies$1,170
Non-Resident Total Cost $40,138
   Out-of-State Tuition$27,268
   Other Fees$900
   Room and Board$10,800
   Books and Supplies$1,170


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $29,742 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Pitt net price for in-state students $22,341* for the 2013/2014 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

48% of University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus students received grant aid in 2013/2014. The average total aid amount was $10,517. 16 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2013/2014 was $3,951. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$22,341*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid48%
Average Total Grant Aid$10,517
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants16%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,951

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last reported for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$20,132
$30,001 to $48,000$22,598
$48,001 to $75,000$25,108
$75,001 to $110,000$28,385

Average Financial Aid Mix - $29,742 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $29,742. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 35% - $10,517

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 20% - $5,955

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 45% -  $13,270

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Pitt is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 83/100 for University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus. Considering an average net price paid of $20,076, this leads to an overall value ranking of 73/100. This places the school 89th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus
Penn State Main Campus1.8% less expensive
Ohio State University Main Campus45.7% less expensive
Virginia Military Institute55.6% less expensive
University of Delaware35.4% less expensive
St Mary's College of Maryland33.6% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Pitt is $118,968 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $20,076 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $80,304**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $148,710 or $100,380 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$8,436
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,871
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$13,634
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$20,069

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus
Price per credit hour for Pennsylvania residents$636
Cost for one class for Pennsylvania residents (3 credit hours)$1,908
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,028
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,084
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$4,112

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 58% of University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,955. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $34,623.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $80,304, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $98,898.33. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 48% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $20,076. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$824.15
Amount Borrowed$80,304.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$18,594.33
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$98,898.33

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Pitt? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $98,898.33 would be needed to afford a $824.15 monthly payment in the example $80,304.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $12,138 to $16,132. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 6.6%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $118,968.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2021$40,902$163,609
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2026$52,203$208,811
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2031 $66,625$266,501
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2034 $77,127$308,509

Tuition History

What was tuition at Pitt five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$14,154$23,852 3.8%
2009$13,642$23,290 5.9%
2008$12,876$22,386 6.1%
2007$12,138$21,456 6.1%
2006$11,436$20,784 5.6%
2005$10,830$20,200 16.8%
2004$9,274$18,586 8.7%
2003$8,528$17,336 14%
2002$7,482$15,740 6.9%
2001$7,002$14,684 4.5%
2000$6,698$14,014 4.3%
1999$6,424$13,458 4.2%
1998$6,164$12,928 5%
1997$5,870$12,230 4.1%
1996$5,638$11,724 4.1%
1995$5,416$11,240 4.4%
1994$5,186$10,708 5.4%
1993$4,922$10,066 5.5%
1992$4,666$9,516 9.4%
1991$4,265$8,538 4.4%
1990$4,086$8,106 6.5%
1989$3,836$7,516 10%
1988$3,486$6,656 8.3%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 201 25% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 190 22% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 109 7% costlier
Rehabilitation Science Bachelor's Degree 102 55% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 95 7% costlier
Pharmaceutical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 81 5% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 80 11% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 69 9% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 64 9% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 63 18% costlier
Corrections Bachelor's Degree 60 46% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 58 16% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 55 8% costlier
Educational Psychology Bachelor's Degree 54 6% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 54 29% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 54 0% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 46 13% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 44 13% costlier
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 43 2% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 43 25% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 41 21% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 39 10% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 39 12% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 39 11% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 36 21% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 32 7% costlier
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 29 23% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree 29 39% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 27 23% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 23 1% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 22 2% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 19 7% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 17 6% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 16 1% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Bachelor's Degree 16 21% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 16 31% costlier
Mathematics, Other Bachelor's Degree 16 7% cheaper
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Bachelor's Degree 14 9% cheaper
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 13 16% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 12 1% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 11 12% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 11 17% costlier
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 11 4% cheaper
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 11 23% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 13% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 10 4% cheaper
LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Bachelor's Degree 10 13% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 10 7% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 9 6% costlier
English Literature (British and Commonwealth) Bachelor's Degree 8 4% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 8 5% costlier
Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 10% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 11% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 6 8% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 3% cheaper
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 5 20% cheaper
Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 5 12% costlier
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 4 5% cheaper
Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree 4 6% cheaper
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 12% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 9% costlier
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree 3 18% cheaper
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 12% cheaper
Mathematics and Statistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 1% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 3% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 12% cheaper
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 9% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 18% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 4% cheaper
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics Bachelor's Degree 2 6% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 19% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
Social Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
Bioinformatics Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 18% costlier


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About University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus

University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus is a four year public college located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 24,740 and part time is 4,026.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 23,409 applicants. 13,544 were admitted and 3,768 enrolled.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=215293 IPEDS survey data.

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