Office of the Provost

Dear Pitt Graduate or Professional Student,

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is offering financial aid information sessions to assist you in completing the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to explain how financial aid works at the graduate level. More information on these sessions follows.

But first, why should you fill out a FAFSA as a graduate or professional student? There are five good reasons:

1. Many scholarships (i.e., free money) are based on financial need. Financial need is determined through the filing of a FAFSA. By filing a FAFSA you may be eligible for free money!

  • Visit PittFund$Me to do a University scholarship search.
  • Non-Pitt scholarships may also verify need to determine eligibility.

2. You may be offered a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan because you filed a FAFSA. This doesn’t mean you need to accept the loan, but know that you have the security of securing these funds should you need them during your college career. These loans do not require a credit check or a co-signer.

3. Federal direct loans offer specific student loan forgiveness programs.

4. Federal direct loans offer forbearance and deferment options that other loans may not.

5. Federal direct loans offer low interest rates and can be consolidated with other federal loans.

To learn more about financial aid at the graduate level and get assistance in completing the FAFSA, we encourage you to register for one of the following upcoming financial aid sessions:

If you have any questions as you navigate the financial aid process, please contact:
Tom Damski, Financial Aid Counselor
Janet McLaughlin, Assistant Director

Please let us know if there are other ways we can help with your graduate and professional school goals at the University of Pittsburgh.

Amanda Godley
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies

Randall McCready
Executive Director of Financial Aid