You recently contacted our office and stated that you have received competitive scholarship offers from several other institutions. When evaluating your various scholarship offers, you should keep the following in mind:

  • Net cost. You should consider how much you will have to pay once the scholarship has been applied to the total cost of tuition and other fees, not the total dollar amount of the scholarship. Since Pitt’s fees, tuition and room and board are relatively low when compared to private institutions of the same caliber, a Pitt scholarship may go further toward reducing net cost.
  • Renewability. Pitt freshman merit scholarships are renewable for up to four years provided the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and is enrolled full time.
  • Institutional quality. Not only is net cost important but net worth is very significant. The school one chooses should offer unparalleled resources and opportunities. At Pitt, that might mean an internship at Heinz Corporation, independent study at the Cancer Research Institute, or an honors thesis on women in the former Yugoslavia. Who knows where these experiences might lead? Their availability is an important component of a university‚Äôs “worth.”

To assist you in comparing scholarships from competing institutions, we have developed a process entitled Cost Analysis. Cost Analysis provides the opportunity to compare the net cost of your top college choices.

Complete this Cost Analysis Worksheet. Upon completion of the worksheet, if you find that the University of Pittsburgh’s net cost is GREATER than that of your other top choices of similar academic quality, return the worksheet along with copies of the scholarship award letters from the other institutions to:

Cost Analysis Committee
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
University of Pittsburgh
4227 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Completed materials may also be e-mailed as PDF files to

Once all documentation is received, the Cost Analysis Committee and Scholarship Committee will review the information and determine if a scholarship award can be made or a previous award increased. Within two weeks of receiving the completed materials, the Cost Analysis Committee will notify you via e-mail of its findings. All correspondence from the Committee will be through e-mail, so please be sure to include your e-mail address(es) on the Worksheet. Please note, the Cost Analysis Committee utilizes CollegeBoard’s website,, when seeking the tuition, room and board fee schedule for all colleges and universities.

Please be aware, in past years the vast majority of decisions from the Committee resulted in no change being made to the student’s scholarship package.