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Financial Well-Being

Financial well-being is our knowledge and obtainment of economic resources to meet practical needs and live comfortably. It involves proper management of finances, maintaining a balanced budget, and setting and working toward goals based on a standard of living.1 We can improve our financial well-being by identifying knowledge and resources that helps us to better manage our finances and plan for our financial future.

5 Tips for Financial Well-being

  1. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships annually.
  2. Attend financial wellness events to increase your knowledge base.
  3. Develop a budget and monitor your accounts.
  4. Schedule an appointment with a financial wellness professional.
  5. Visit the Career Center to explore career options.

Campus Resources for Financial Well-being

Career Center

The Career Center and the Career Consultants are ready to help you no matter where you are in your career journey. View upcoming events, schedule a résumé review, and much more.

Employee Financial Resources

The Office of Human Resources provides a variety of financial wellness tools such as TIAA Live Webinars, MyHealth Rewards, Student Loan Assistance, and more. View employee financial resources.

Financial Aid

There are many choices for higher education, but few offer the range of opportunities available at Pitt for a comparable price point. In fact, the University of Pittsburgh is regularly included in The Princeton Review’s annual “Best Value Colleges” list. Pitt also ranks #1 in value among all public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. In short, the University of Pittsburgh offers exemplary value: Pitt puts so much within reach—and in ways that feel truly individualized. View the Financial Aid website.

Financial Wellness Program

The Financial Wellness Program gives students the money lessons to navigate through college and beyond. Their goal is to empower students with the knowledge and tools to make informed financial decisions and accomplish your financial goals for a lifetime.

PittFund$Me Scholarship Database

Current students and new incoming students who have committed to Pitt have access to this searchable scholarship database. View the PittFund$Me website.

Student Emergency Assistance Fund

The Student Emergency Assistance Fund is a joint venture led by the Office of the Provost, Office of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement, Student Government Board, the Graduate & Professional Student Government, and the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. The health and safety of our Pitt community, particularly our students, is paramount. The fund, to be administered at the direction of the Provost, will be used to provide financial support for degree-seeking students of the University of Pittsburgh with unanticipated and insurmountable expenses related to emergency situations that may result in students facing financial hardship. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students may apply for funds when they experience a financial barrier based on an emergency situation, and when they have exhausted all other available resources.

Pitt and Community Assistance Resources

University Library Systems has compiled a list of links and resources for those seeking assistance as they complete their studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Some resources include meal scholarships, endowed book funds, and student support services. View student emergency assistance resources.

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1Hettler (1976), Mayol (2012), Mayol et al. (2017), Roscoe (2009), and Swarbrick (2012).