Hardship Funding and Assistance

Several funds are available to support enrolled Pitt students facing financial hardship.

Pitt Student Health Insurance Medical Hardship Assistance Fund

The aim of the Pitt Student Insurance Medical Hardship Assistance Fund (MHAF) is to provide funding to graduate and professional students who face financial hardship due to the difference in medical costs between the 2022-23 Graduate Student Health Insurance plan and the 2023-24 Graduate Student Health Insurance plan. Questions about the fund can be directed to medhardship@pitt.edu.

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Student Emergency Funding and Meal Assistance

This fund, to be administered at the direction of the Provost, will be used to provide financial support for degree-seeking students of the University of Pittsburgh with unanticipated and insurmountable expenses related to emergency situations that may result in students facing financial hardship. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students may apply for funds when they experience a financial barrier based on an emergency situation, and when they have exhausted all other available resources.

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Tenant’s Rights

The Oakland Planning and Development Corporation has issued a blog post with resources for both renters and homeowners. Students who live off-campus should be aware of their rights as tenants. Students who have concerns about landlord-tenant issues can also contact the Student Legal Services attorney provided by the Student Government Board.

Giving to the Emergency Fund

Students who would benefit from the Emergency Assistance Fund are experiencing a uniquely difficult time in their lives. The number of students benefiting from the Emergency Assistance Fund is limited to the availability of funds. Seeded by funding from alumni donors, Student Affairs, and the Student Government Board, the fund must be sustained by contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the University to ensure success.

To contribute, please visit the Student Emergency Assistance Fund Giving Form.