Accept, Decline, or Reduce Financial Aid
As a student, you have the right to accept, reduce or decline aid you are offered.
For undergraduate students, grants are automatically accepted for you because grants do not require repayment. For all students, scholarships are automatically accepted because scholarships do not require repayment. For all students, loans will NOT disburse until the loans are accepted and a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling have been completed.
Log into Your MyPitt Account
You can sign in with your Pitt username and password. From there, you will select the PeopleSoft Student Center.
Access the HighPoint Dashboard
In Peoplesoft, click on the Main Menu and go to HighPoint, then Campus Experience. Under Campus Experience, click on Dashboard.
On the HighPoint Dashboard, you will see a variety of tabs. Under the Financials section, select Accept/Decline offers. You will see a screen that shows the financial aid award offer. Keep in mind that the screen shows the awards that are offered for the academic year and for each award, you will want to select an action.
Confirm Your Aid
You know that your selections have been made official when you see the submit confirmation screen. This confirms that your awards have been successfully submitted.
View Financial Aid
Another feature of HighPoint is that you can also view your financial aid. To do this, you will want to go to your HighPoint Dashboard and under Financials and select View Financial Aid. This will allow you to view all awards for a given aid year. Please note that aid is split in half between fall and spring semesters.
View To Do Items
HighPoint’s dashboard also gives you the ability to view any To Do Items that the Financial Aid Office may need. You can select this item and a description of what is needed and instructions will be provided for you.
Accepting a Loan in Full
You will want to select the accept option and confirm that the full amount is in the accepted amount location. If you are accepting an award, you can reduce the amount, however the amount will be split evenly between the fall and spring semesters if it were offered as a full year award.
Reducing a Loan
You will want to first accept it, then type in the reduced amount in the accepted amount location. To decline a loan, simply select the decline action option to the right. For federal work study, you can accept or decline a federal work study offer.
If you would like to find a job on campus at the University of Pittsburgh, make sure to accept the federal work study offer. If you are not seeking part-time employment at the University of Pittsburgh, click the decline action next to federal work study. Once you have selected the appropriate to accept, decline, or reduce all awards listed, you can then hit the submit button at the bottom.
If you have accepted federal work study, you will then want to visit the Pitt site join.pitt.edu and look at the part time jobs under the Student section of the website. Keep in mind that federal work study allows a student to get a job on campus and the student is directly paid in a paycheck; federal work study will not pay tuition charges directly.