Application Fee Opportunities

We partner with some of the country’s leading public service organizations to recognize those who serve the greater good by offering special incentives for applicants and students.

In recognition of their service to the country and their accomplishments, the $50 application fee is waived for the following students. If you qualify for a waiver, please contact GSPIA at 412-648-7640 or gspia@pitt.edu prior to submitting your application to request a fee waiver code. 

  • Veterans of the U.S. armed forces

  • Active-duty U.S. military personnel

  • Returned Peace Corps volunteers

  • AmeriCorps volunteers and volunteers from AmeriCorps-affiliated programs, including Teach for America and City Year

  • Truman Scholars

  • Pickering Fellows

  • Coro Fellows

  • McNair Fellows

  • Rangel Fellows

  • Catholic Volunteer Network alumni

  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps alumni

  • Repair the World Fellows

  • USAID Donald Payne Fellows

  • PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) Fellows

Tuition discounts for government employees and veterans

If you enroll in GSPIA’s MPPM program while working full time for a local, county, state, or federal government agency (excluding the military and private-sector government contractors), you’ll receive a 20 percent tuition discount. Only students in the mid-career MPPM program are eligible.

If you’re a veteran using VA education benefits to attend GSPIA, you’ll receive the in-state tuition rate. Students in all degree programs are eligible. Visit the Office of Veterans Services for more information.

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Special scholarship partners

  • All successfully admitted returned Peace Corps volunteers are automatically considered for a renewable scholarship of a minimum $5,000 per year, as long as they earned at least a 3.4 undergraduate GPA and enroll full time in the MPA, MID, or MPIA program. Students who receive the scholarship are designated as Coverdell Fellows and, like all fellows in this nationwide program, are required to complete an internship serving an underprivileged community in the United States. Up to six Coverdell Fellows can be named every year.

  • GSPIA provides a 100 percent scholarship match for up to five Segal AmeriCorps Education Award recipients each year. All AmeriCorps alumni are automatically considered for this special scholarship as long as they plan to enroll full time; no separate application is necessary. Simply indicate your status as an AmeriCorps alum on the application. This is a minimum scholarship; the actual amount may be higher, and it may be combined with other scholarships from the school.

  • GSPIA provides a scholarship sufficient to cover the remainder of a student’s tuition after the Payne Fellowship has been applied. The scholarship is renewable for a second year based on academic performance.

  • GSPIA provides a scholarship to cover the portion of tuition not covered by the Pickering Fellowship.

  • City Year corps, alumni, and staff members are eligible for a GSPIA scholarship equal to at least 25 percent of tuition, if they are admitted and enroll full time. Up to four such scholarships are awarded each year. Corps alumni with at least one year of service and staff members employed for at least two years will be considered for this scholarship if they self-identify as such on their applications.

  • GSPIA offers a scholarship of a minimum $5,000 per year to any Teach for America alumni who are successfully admitted and who have at least a 3.4 undergraduate GPA. Students must enroll full time. Students who apply simultaneously to Teach for America and GSPIA may be granted a two-year deferral of their admission to complete their Teach for America obligations.

  • Current Coro Fellows based in Coro’s Pittsburgh office are eligible to receive a renewable scholarship of a minimum $5,000 per year, if they are admitted and enroll full time. Coro Fellows and employees from any Coro office nationwide also receive an application fee waiver.

  • All Catholic Volunteer Network alumni qualify for an application fee waiver. Alumni of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and Notre Dame Mission Volunteers (NDMV) will be considered a minimum renewable scholarship award of $5,000 per year as long as they enroll full-time. Up to five scholarship awards can be offered to qualified alumni of the JVC and NDMV programs each year. 

  • All Repair the World Fellows qualify for an application fee waiver, and will be considered for a renewable scholarship of at least $5,000 per year if they are admitted and enroll full time. Up to five awards can be offered to qualified students each year. 

  • Fellows and alumni of PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) qualify for an application fee waiver, and will be considered for a renewable scholarship of at least $5,000 per year if they are admitted and enroll full-time. Up to five awards can be offered to qualified students every year.