What is the Tuition Exchange organization?

The University of Pittsburgh is a member of The Tuition Exchange which is a reciprocal scholarship program that allows dependent children of our faculty and staff to apply for competitive scholarships to other participating member institutions. The Tuition Exchange (TE) Scholarship organization requires that participating institutions maintain a balance between the number of students enrolled at host institutions (exported) with a TE scholarship and the number of students from other member schools who are enrolled at the home institution (imported) and supported with a TE scholarship. As a member, the University of Pittsburgh agrees to abide by the national policies and practices of the organization.

Visit the national Tuition Exchange organization website for more information.

Tuition Exchange for Incoming Pitt Students

If your parent works at one of the participating colleges or universities, you may be eligible for a Tuition Exchange Scholarship at Pitt. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Tuition Exchange Scholarship will cover tuition up to $38,000 at the University of Pittsburgh.


We award a limited number of Tuition Exchange Scholarships every year to incoming freshmen. In the 2019-2020 academic year, we received 340+ applications for these limited spaces, so please be aware that this is a very competitive process. We evaluate students based on their high school academic record including weighted GPA, strength of curriculum, class rank (if applicable), SAT/ACT, and quality of admission application essays.

In recent years, scholarship eligible students possessed ALL of the following:

  • Minimum SAT score of 1470 or 33 ACT composite
  • Overall ‘A’ average
  • Top 5% class rank (if applicable) while participating in challenging high school curriculums consisting of AP/IB/Honors courses

You must be accepted to the University of Pittsburgh prior to being reviewed for Tuition Exchange. Please note that the Tuition Exchange Scholarship will replace any merit scholarship the University of Pittsburgh previously awarded to you.

Tuition Exchange Scholarships are awarded for four years/eight terms. In order to receive and maintain the scholarship, students must be enrolled as a full time student and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines.

Application Process

Be sure to apply for admissions and complete the Tuition Exchange process through the school where your parent is employed. Priority will be given to students who have completed Tuition Exchange application and have been admitted to the University of Pittsburgh on or before December 15.

We will notify Tuition Exchange Scholarship recipients of their award by the end of February.

Tuition Exchange for Students Going to Partner Schools

If your parent works at Pitt and you would like to apply for a Tuition Exchange Scholarship at any of the partner colleges or universities, please follow the directions outlined here.


  1. Application for scholarship through the Tuition Exchange Program is open only to first-time, full-time freshmen dependents of regular full-time employees with at least one year of full-time service.
  2. Preference is given to first time participants in the Tuition Exchange Program.
  3. Due to the large number of faculty and staff employed by the University of Pittsburgh, participation may be limited based on the parent’s length of full-time service at the University of Pittsburgh. Length of service will be defined by the date(s) of full-time hire by the Office of Human Resources Benefits Department.
    In recent years, employees with 10 years of service or more had their Tuition Exchange Scholarship Applications submitted to their requested schools. Faculty or staff with less than 10 years of service have been placed on a waitlist and their application sent to the requested schools only if space becomes available. This typically does not occur until early May.
  4. Eligible dependent students are sponsored for a maximum of four years (eight semesters) of full-time undergraduate study.
  5. Eligibility does not guarantee an award. Each individual institution determines its admission criteria, the number of scholarships offered, and the timeline for its process. Please contact the Tuition Exchange Liaison Officer at your prospective college for additional information.
  6. The deadline for submitting an application for Tuition Exchange is April 1 for the subsequent Fall Term. Please Note: While the University of Pittsburgh deadline to apply is April 1, many schools begin making scholarships decisions well before April 1. It is suggested that you complete this TE application process between October 15 and January 30 of your student’s senior year in high school.

Please see University Policy 09-03-01 for additional information.

Application Process

  1. Review the list of Tuition Exchange schools. Most students will complete this process between September and January of their senior year in high school. If the school you are interested in is not on the list, you cannot apply for a TE scholarship for that school. Unfortunately, the Tuition Exchange organization does not allow us to ask that a school be added to the program.
  2. Complete the following applications:
  3. Once the employee submits the online Tuition Exchange Scholarship Application, the application will be forwarded to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid to certify that the employee is eligible for their application to be exported.

    The Employee Certification of Eligibility Form and a copy of the employee’s most recent Federal U.S. Tax Return showing the eligible student is claimed as a dependent should be submitted to the following office:

    Office of Human Resources Benefit Department, 320 Craig Hall

    Fax: 412­-624­-3485 or hr-benque@pitt.edu

    Note: It is not secure to submit tax forms via email that contain social security numbers. Please redact the social security number on any tax forms submitted.

  4. Human Resources will forward the Employee Certification of Eligibility Form to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid after confirming the student is listed as a dependent on the most recent copy of the Federal U.S. Tax Return and the employee’s years of service at the University.
  5. If the student meets the eligibility requirements, the Tuition Exchange Application that was submitted online will be exported to the selected schools electronically. A confirmation letter will also be mailed indicating the schools where the application was submitted.
  6. Begin the application process for each school. Most schools will not review a student for Tuition Exchange unless the student has been accepted to the institution.
  7. The host school or schools will evaluate the student’s application. The procedure for reviewing and processing TE applications at host schools varies. If you have not heard from a specific school or want more information about their selection process, you can contact the school directly.
  8. If you are awarded a Tuition Exchange Scholarship, please notify our office if you plan to use the scholarship as soon as you have made your decision. If you have a scholarship offer that you do not plan to use, please notify our office as soon as possible so that other waitlisted students might be considered.
  9. If you are awarded a Tuition Exchange Scholarship as a freshman, you will not need to re-apply for future years. This is done automatically by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid after confirming the parent remains employed full-time at the University of Pittsburgh.