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Overview of Financial Aid

Many Pitt Public Health doctoral students and some master’s students receive some type of financial aid in the form of student loans, full or partial scholarships, fellowships, student hourly jobs, or assistantships. While funding is not guaranteed for every student, Pitt Public Health provided more than $5 million in financial aid last year. Check the school-level tuition and financial aid overview to review options for financing your degree, then contact your department for more information.

Biostatistics PhD Students

The Department of Biostatistics provides full financial aid for approximately 55 PhD students per year. The most common form of financial aid is as a graduate student researcher (GSR). A GSR is expected to work on one of the many funded research projects maintained by either the Department of Biostatistics or their collaborators in other departments. Currently the stipend is $2025.00 per month and includes a tuition waiver and medical benefits. A limited number of Teaching Assistantships (TA) are also available. The current stipend for a TA is $2238.75 per month and includes a tuition waiver. To be eligible for a TA, a first year student must pass the oral English competency exam given by the University of Pittsburgh.

First year PhD students and international students are eligible for a GSR. A student need not formally apply for financial aid and will automatically be considered for a stipend during the admission process based on the information provided with the application. You must submit your application by December 15 to be considered for funding.

Factors considered in the awarding of funding include undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, prior experience, and letters of recommendation.

Biostatistics MS Students

The department does not provide funding for MS students. Many MS students obtain hourly employment in the University or surrounding area performing data analysis and other statistical tasks. The department circulates job advertisements when available to all students.
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