For the first time in its history, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will offer free on-campus housing to its students enrolled for the summer session. Expanded financial aid options will also be available to these students.
“We know that there are many reasons why students might want to take summer classes. They may want to get ahead, retake classes, raise their GPAs, make up credits, satisfy requirements or electives, or graduate early. They may also want to pursue an internship with a local business to build their resume,” said Troy Ross, director of Housing and Residence Life. “We also know that students may have financial concerns that make taking summer classes difficult, if not impossible. By removing the cost of housing from the equation, we are helping to remove a financial obstacle that then makes taking summer classes a reality.”
To be eligible for the free summer housing students must have completed one semester as a full-time student within the previous academic year (fall or spring term), and the student must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits at Pitt-Greensburg during the summer sessions, either in class, online, or as an internship.
Housing is available only while classes are in session. If a student falls below six credits or fails to achieve six credits, they will be billed up to the full room amount ($145/week or $1,430 for the term).
Students participating in the free summer housing option will be assigned to the University Court apartments, which include two bedrooms, a full bathroom, living room, and kitchen with stovetop, oven, microwave, and full refrigerator. The apartment complex also has a laundry facility, TV lounge, game room, study lounge, and nearby parking.
In order to be considered for federal and institutional financial aid, students must complete the Pitt-Greensburg Summer Aid Request Form. The application will be available on the Pitt-Greensburg Financial Aid web page (http://www.greensburg.pitt.edu/financial-aid) February 1. Beginning this summer, students are eligible for year-round Federal Pell funding. This means: if a student has used their full-year Federal Pell grant eligibility, they may be eligible to receive additional funds over the summer. For additional funding the student must have academic progress and be enrolled in at least 6 credits. Students also may be eligible for a PHEAA State Grant if they enroll in at least 6 credits over a 5 week period (at least 50% of the credits must be in classroom).
Important dates and deadlines for students interested in taking summer classes and obtaining free summer housing include:
- THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 – Summer financial aid application available at http://www.greensburg.pitt.edu/financial-aid.
- MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 - Registration for summer classes opens. A variety of classes is available and may be viewed at http://www.greensburg.pitt.edu/academics/summer-classes. Questions related to summer classes may be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 724-836-9899.
- MONDAY, MARCH 26 – Summer housing applications are available.
- FRIDAY, APRIL 6 – Deadline for students applying for free summer housing. Questions related to summer housing should be directed to Housing & Residence Life at 724-836-7869.