Education Benefits for Spouses/Domestic Partners of Staff Employees

Required Criteria for Education Benefits  

  • Staff employee must be regular, full-time.
  • For spouses, must be legally married prior to the start of the term.
  • For domestic partners, must have a University of Pittsburgh Affidavit of Domestic Partnership approved prior to the start of the term.
  • The spouse/domestic partner must be enrolled in a course for academic credit in either a degree or certificate program.

Effective Date for Education Benefits  

The benefit is not available until the staff member has completed 12 consecutive months of employment at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Employee must be hired by:

Fall Term

September 1 of prior year

Spring Term

January 1 of prior year

Summer Term

May 1 of prior year

Undergraduate Level Courses Education Benefits 

The education benefit 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. Domestic Partner undergraduate level education benefits are viewed as taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This taxation can affect the amount of the University’s contribution that gets applied to the student’s bill.

Spouse

Domestic Partner

Maximum Credits per Term

6

6

University Contribution

90%

90%

Graduate Level Courses Education Benefits  

The education benefit 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.  Graduate level education benefits are viewed as taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This taxation can affect the amount of the University’s contribution that gets applied to the student bill.

Spouse

Domestic Partner

Maximum Credits per Term

6

6

University Contribution

90%

90%

Taxation of Graduate Level Education Benefits at the University of Pittsburgh  

Unlike staff employees, the IRS does not allow employers to provide pre-tax graduate level educational benefits for spouses and domestic partners. Once taxes are applied, the University reduces the upfront benefit received by 35.65%.

Required Documentation for Education Benefits 

Paperwork must be submitted once per academic year

For Spouse

  • Education Benefit Request Form for the University of Pittsburgh
  • Copy of your marriage certificate

For Domestic Partner

  • Education Benefit Request Form for the University of Pittsburgh
  • Copy of approved University of Pittsburgh Affidavit of Domestic Partnership

The education benefit will only be applied for the terms listed on the Education Benefit Request Form for the University of Pittsburgh. 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 ensure the benefit processes on these tuition charges.

Access the Education Benefit Request Form for the University of Pittsburgh.

Forms are only accepted via fax (412-624-3485), mail or in-person drop off. Forms are NOT accepted via email because of the University’s security policy on the transmission of personal information.

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