Tuition & Mandatory Fees

The University of Pittsburgh’s current tuition and mandatory fee rates are effective for Academic Year 2017-2018, beginning Fall Term 2017.

Mandatory Fee Descriptions

All students are charged certain Mandatory Fees, which vary for undergraduate and graduate students, full-time and part-time enrollment, and by University of Pittsburgh Campus. They are charged each academic term, posted to the student account when tuition is calculated, and can be seen on the Account Activity tab in PittPAY. Mandatory fees cannot be waived for any reason.


Mandatory fees cannot be waived for any reason.

  1. Student Activity Fee (all campuses):
    • Student Activity Fees for undergraduate and graduate students are collected from all full-time and part-time students each academic term. Student Activity Fees are assessed at each of the University's campuses. The fee amount is separately established at each campus.
  2. Wellness Fee (Pittsburgh campus):
    • The Wellness Fee (formerly the Student Health Fee) is mandatory for all full-time and part-time students at the Pittsburgh Campus. Similar fees are mandatory for students enrolled at the Regional Campuses. The fee amount is separately established at each campus.
    • The Wellness Fee provides access to Student Health Services, a campus facility staffed by medical doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners. It does not pay for student health insurance and does not provide students with health insurance coverage. The fee covers many, but not all services provided by Student Health Services. Certain services require the payment of additional fees by the student if and when utilized.
    • In addition, the Wellness Fee provides access to the University’s Counseling Center, located next to Student Health Services in Nordenberg Hall. This facility is staffed by psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health care professionals. The fee also funds a special program called Healthy U that provides students with many opportunities and resources to help them maintain optimal health on a variety of levels.
  3. Student Health Fees are mandatory for students enrolled at the Regional Campuses. The fee amount is separately established at each campus.
    • These fees are mandatory for students enrolled at the Regional Campuses, and the fee amount is separately established at each campus. Student Health Fees do not pay for student health insurance or provide the student with health insurance coverage. Rather, the fee gives students access to Student Health Services, a campus facility staffed by medical doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, or other health care professionals. The fee covers many, but not all services provided by Student Health Services. Some services require the payment of additional fees by the student if and when utilized. More information is available at each campus website:
  1. Computing and Network Services Fee (all campuses)
    • The Computing and Network Service Fee is used for upgrading and maintaining the University's computer systems, equipment, and facilities. The fee is mandatory each term for all full-time and part-time students. The fee applies to students enrolled at any campus; the fee amount is the same at each campus.
  2. Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee (Pittsburgh campus only)
    • The Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee is mandatory each term for all full-time and part-time Pittsburgh campus students. The fee provides funding for campus transportation services including shuttles, expanded handicapped/disabled transport services, a night on-call van service, an on-call escort service, and security lighting.
  3. Other campus-specific mandatory fees
    • Other campus-specific mandatory fees include the following, which are assessed to fund services and maintain facilities at the respective Regional Campuses:
      1. Bradford Campus: Recreation and Parking and Transportation Fees
      2. Greensburg Campus: Student Center and Athletic Fees
      3. Johnstown Campus: Student Facility and Student Recreation Fees
      4. Titusville Campus: Student Union Facility and Athletic Fees

Other Fees

Course Fees

Courses sometimes have fees attached to them and students are charged only when enrolled in that course. Examples are physical education classes, laboratory science classes, studio arts and music classes. The department asks for the fee to be charged to offset the cost of instruction for those specific classes. For instance, an instructor may need to be hired to teach a specific physical education class such as fencing or karate, or for instruction on a musical instrument. For a laboratory science course, consumables such as chemicals or glassware may need to be replaced for chemistry lab courses.

When students are self-enrolling using PeopleSoft, students are notified in the Class Notes section on the Class Detail screen if there is a course fee, and provided with a link so they can see the amount of the additional charge. The charge is also listed separately on the student account and can be viewed on the Account Activity tab in PittPAY.

Major Fees

Major fees apply to some programs of study, and are charged once per term for students who have declared those majors. Information about both course and major fees is published by the Office of the University Registrar for Pittsburgh Campus students, and the list is updated weekly.

When students are self-enrolling using PeopleSoft, students are notified in the Class Notes section on the Class Detail screen if there is a course fee, and provided with a link so they can see the amount of the additional charge. The charge is also listed separately on the student account and can be viewed on the Account Activity tab in PittPAY.

A Note about Thesis Fees

Thesis fees cover the cost of electronic processing and microfilming of a Master's Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation. A fee of $20.00 is assessed for Master's students and $85.00 for Doctoral students. The Student Payment Center will provide you with two receipts, one for your records, the other to present with your paperwork.