Education Benefits for Staff Employees

Effective Date for Education Benefits 

The benefit is not available until the staff member has completed the provisional period by the date listed below. If the provisional period has not ended by the date below, the benefit will begin the first term after the provisional period has ended.

Fall Term

September 1

Spring Term

January 1

Summer Term

May 1

Undergraduate Level Courses Education Benefits

The scholarship covers undergraduate tuition for the allowable number of credits, except for the portion per credit which is the responsibility of the staff member. This portion is as stated below. 

Full-time Staff Employee

Part-time Staff Employee

Maximum Credits per Term

8

8 x % effort

University Contribution

97%

97%

If the student will be studying abroad or participating in a co-op program, please notify the Benefits Department via email at hr-benque@pitt.edu to insure the benefit processes on these tuition charges.

Graduate Level Courses Education Benefits  

The scholarship covers graduate tuition for the allowable number of credits, except for the portion per credit which is the responsibility of the staff member. This portion is as stated below.  Under Section 127 of the IRS tax code the value of Educational Benefits applied to graduate-level courses is considered taxable income. This requires staff members to pay taxes on a portion of the educational benefit he or she receives for graduate-level courses over a certain value. For staff employees, the first $5,250.00 (in a calendar year) is awarded on a pre-tax basis. After this amount is met, the benefit is taxed at a rate of 35.65%. The taxation can affect the amount of the University’s contribution that gets applied to the student bill.

Full-time Staff Employee

Part-time Staff Employee

Maximum Credits per Term

6

6 x % effort

University Contribution

90%

90%

 

If the student will be studying abroad or participating in a co-op program, please notify the Benefits Department via email at hr-benque@pitt.edu to insure the benefit processes on these tuition charges.

Taxation of Graduate Level Education Benefits

The IRS allows employers to provide $5,250 to their employees for graduate level classes each calendar year before requiring that any exceeding amount be reported as taxable income. Once taxes are applied, the University reduces the upfront benefit received by 35.65%.

"Faculty, associates and scholars should review Section V. of the Faculty Handbook or contact Faculty Records for the education benefits information."