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Panther Parents Association
June 2016 Issue

Financial Literacy | Family of the Year Essay Contest | Parent and Family Resources Webinar | Survey | FYM Advice | Hello and Goodbye | Panther Connect | New Student Summer Sendoffs | Textbooks Decoded | Scholarship Opportunities | Summer Billing & Tuition Rates | Streamline Fall Term Billing | Save the Dates

Help Your Student Achieve Financial Literacy

Budgeting is hard. For all of us. Successful students must learn how to maintain a budget. Here are some tips to help you advise your student about financial literacy.  

Even with the number of free or nearly free activities in the area, students have an overwhelming number of opportunities to spend money. Helping your student plan (and stick to) a budget may alleviate frustration, and will help your student develop good financial habits. Here are some tips to launch a budget discussion:
  1. Ask your student how much money he/she expects to spend this fall.
  2. Divide that amount by the number of weeks in the semester so the student realizes an average amount of money that can be spent per week.
  3. How much money will the student contribute?
  4. Encourage your student to take advantage of free or discounted on-campus programming through Pitt Program Council, First Year Experience, PittArts or a SORC student group
  5. Determine who pays for books in advance and check out future opportunities for book scholarships
  6. Establish how many times your student will eat in Pitt’s Dining Hall facilities vs. how often they can afford to eat at an area restaurant.
  7. Talk about responsible credit card use.  
  8. Talk about the benefits of using Port Authority Transit instead of bringing a car to school and paying to park.
  9. Study Pitt’s student financial literacy assistance website
Financial literacy is an important facet of student development and is a step toward preparing for life after college. Summer conversations may help students and families avoid frustration and financial surprises this year and in years to come.

As always, please let us know how we can help you support your student by emailing or calling 412-624-8548.


Sandy Talbott
Parent and Family Liaison

Pitt’s 2016 Family of the Year!

Does your family bleed blue and gold? Do you gather around the TV for Pitt sporting events and attend campus functions? Would YOUR family qualify as Pitt’s 2016 Family of the Year? If so, encourage your student to enter the Family of the Year Essay Contest. Nomination form is online, and the submission deadline is Friday, July 8.
Family of the Year
The Lee Family - Pitt's 2015 Family of the Year

New Parent and Family Resources Webinar!


If you are a new Panther Parent and would like more insight into an Arrival Survival and Fall Orientation overview, please click here to register for an interactive webinar on Monday, July 25, 2016 from 7:00-7:45 p.m. Eastern time.  We look forward to your participation!

Your Input is Valued

Please complete this brief survey so that we may better serve Pitt Parents with more webinars, programs, and resources. 

Advice from a First Year Mentor

First Year Mentors are upperclassmen and women who help students become acclimated and love their Pitt experience! This summer’s newsletters will contain their personal and “professional” parent suggestions. We recently posed two questions to our First Year Mentors to help you support your new Panther!  Their responses follow:
Suggest ways that parents and families can create a stress-free move-in for their students:
Maharsi Naidu
Health Services and Economics
There are plenty of people to help with move-in and a Resident Assistant to help with the rest!
Apara Sharma
Communications and Studio Arts
Be patient! We know you're stressed, but so are we [new students]. 
Rhonna Ly
Encourage your student to join the PITT class page on Facebook to get involved!

Should parents establish a communication
schedule with their student?
Joslyn Wilburn
Communications Major | Political Science Minor

No - only because I solely believe that parents have to let go. They have to let their children find their way in college on their own. There should be plenty of opportunities for parents to talk to their students.
Corinne Dodel
Let your student tell you how often they would like to talk. Let them know you wish to keep in contact, but allow them to designate the times and frequency.
Kenny White
Athletic Training
Yes, just to be clear initially, as it's easy to get swept up in activities and not reach out. Compare schedules, set times to call and what not.

Hello and Goodbye!

Hello! And greetings to parents and families of the class of 2020!  We hope to see you this summer at one of 10 PittStart programs, or during Fall New and Transfer Student Orientation.

PittStart is students’ academic orientation whereas fall New and Transfer Student Orientation (primarily) focuses on social and safety programs. 

Parent and Family Resources will have parent sessions during both events. We welcome and encourage you to attend, but please do not feel pressured to be present, especially if it will be a scheduling hardship or financially difficult. If you feel that you would like to discuss this, please contact me at

Congratulations and a heartfelt goodbye to Class of 2016 parents and families! Thank you for sending your sons and daughters to us! You are welcome to continue receiving these newsletters for as long as you wish. However, if you would like to unsubscribe, you can do so by clicking here.
Panther Connect

Attention Parents and Families of Incoming First Year Students!

Read more to see how your incoming first year student can get connected early!  

PantherConnect Orientation Retreat registration is now live! These retreats are designed to provide an opportunity for incoming first year students to connect with campus, connect with one another and connect to their passion prior to the University of Pittsburgh’s orientation week.  Students will build meaningful relationships with fellow classmates and upper-class students, learn about campus life, get a jump start on orientation, and move-in to the residence halls early. Participants can choose to attend one of the five retreat themes offered:
  • Arts and Culture
  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Sustainability. 
Registration is now available.  Retreat cost is $125 and financial assistance is available for eligible students.  Limited space available!  For more information, click here.

Mark September 30 - October 1, 2016 on your calendars and plan to register for Family Weekend! Highlighted events include a Welcome Reception with the Vice Provost and Dean of Students, Heinz Chapel concert, and area attraction discounts with your Family Weekend wristband. Of course, you may want to cheer for our Panthers as they take on Marshall University's Thundering Herd at Heinz Field on Saturday (exact time determined 1-2 weeks before game day). 

Whatever your family's game plan, we hope that you will enjoy visiting with your student during Family Weekend! A complete schedule with registration will be available in August at Hail to Pitt!

First Year Student Summer Sendoffs!

Meet other Panther families at one of many send-offs throughout the United States this summer!  

Every summer, dozens of Pitt Alumni clubs around the country host Panther Send-Off to welcome the newest class of Panthers to the Pitt family!  These outings provide an opportunity for students to make connections before they arrive in Pittsburgh, and for their families to talk about ride-shares and possibly sharing contact information for future reference. 

Many times, Panther Parent Ambassadors assist regional Alumni with the send-offs by helping to set up, clean-up, and facilitate these family events.  This is an opportunity for interested parents to provide a service to the University while also supporting their Panther and many other students, parents, and families.  To read more about this and other details of becoming a Panther Parent Ambassador, click here or contact Sandy Talbott at for details.

To find the nearest location to you (or to where you may be visiting this summer) and to register, click here.

Summer Sendoffs

Summer Billing and Due Dates

The Billing and Due Date Schedule for summer term is posted hereNote, the timing of the eBill depends on the timing of your student’s enrollment for classes. For more student account information, visit the Student Payment Center’s website.

2016-2017 Tuition Rates

Tuition and fees for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year will be published after the Board of Trustees approves them, typically in mid-to-late July.  For current and historical rates, click here.

Scholarship Opportunities

Summer is a great time to research scholarship opportunities.  Work with your student to check out these scholarship opportunities!

Parents! Streamline Fall Term
Billing! It's Easy!

Has your student authorized you to access PittPAY, the University’s online billing and payment system?  Make sure your student completes this checklist today!  With your own login, you can explore PittPAY features, read the Message Board, and find helpful information about electronic billing, optional payment plans, and more. 

PittPAY is the University’s online billing and payment solution brought to you by the Student Payment Center. It’s easy to view your student’s account balance and pay tuition, fees, room, and meal plan charges online. Your student can log in to My Pitt, then select PittPAY Login to complete these important steps today:
  1. Read the Message Board Announcements and Learn More links
  2. Authorize Payers to access your account and speak with University representatives about your account. The Student Payment Center cannot discuss your bills or account activity with anyone except the individuals you establish in PittPay as your Authorized Payers.
  3. Enroll in Direct Deposit so we can get your money to you quickly and safely when you have a credit balance on your account.
  4. You or one of your Authorized Payers can enroll in an optional Payment Plan to pay your student account in as many as six installments per term. Enrollment begins April 11. To take advantage of the maximum number of installments, enroll as early as possible.

Save the Dates

The University of Pittsburgh
Division of Student Affairs 
Office of Parent and Family Resources
130 William Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 | 412-624-8548

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