Student loan applications are processed by the University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA). Click on Types of Financial Aid and then review Student Loans sections for information on available loans, application instructions, prerequisites, and forms. Generally, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Contact OAFA for information on loan options, availability, and to apply.

Call 412-624-7488 to check the status of your loan application.

Suggested Deadlines

While there is no strict deadline for application, the suggested filing dates are June 1 (fall term), October 1 (spring term), and February 1 (summer term). Students are encouraged to apply early.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for all students who wish to be considered for loans or Pitt Public Health aid. The University of Pittsburgh federal school code is 008815.

Federal Regulations on Student Loans: Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Institutions participating in Title IV Federal Student Aid programs must monitor satisfactory academic progress of students receiving any federal loans or other aid (e.g. scholarships).

To demonstrate satisfactory progress, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and complete at least 67 percent of the total credits attempted at any point and must complete the degree with no more than 150 percent of the required credits. If progress is not met, students may be ineligible to receive loans or other aid. Students may appeal, in which case they will have one term to achieve the SAP standards. See Mary Derkach in the Office of Student Affairs, G009 Public Health, to submit an appeal of determination of no progress.

If you receive federal aid, you should read the entire SAP policy. In particular, FTDR registration is counted as 9 credits for the purposes of this law; retaking courses and receiving course grades of W, I, G, F, N (audit) and R all count towards the stated totals. Advanced standing credits also count toward the total number of credits taken. Also, carrying a large number of I, G, W, R, and F graded credits may potentially violate the 67 percent completion rule. Contact your instructor(s) about filing real grades on a term-by-term basis, where appropriate.

Student Load Deadlines

While there is no strict deadline for application, the suggested filing dates are...

  • June 1 (fall term)
  • October 1 (spring term)
  • February 1 (summer term)

Students are encouraged to apply early.

Emergency Loans

The University may provide loans of up to $300 for students in emergency financial need. Interested students should contact the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) on the first floor of the William Pitt Union, 412-624-7116.

Short-term student loans of up to $500 may be available through the Pitt Public Health Office of Student Affairs for students with unexpected emergencies who have paid their tuition for the term. Students should contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information. Loans must be repaid within three months.