The Pittsburgh Promise is available to all graduates of the Pittsburgh Public Schools
and the schools that are chartered by PPS. To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:
City Residency and PPS Enrollment Requirements
Graduate from a Pittsburgh Public High School or one of its charter high schools.
Be enrolled in the Pittsburgh Public School district continuously since at least
the beginning of 9th grade.
Be a resident of the City of Pittsburgh continuously since at least the beginning
of 9th grade.
GPA and Attendance Requirements
Graduate with a minimum cumulative, un-weighted GPA of 2.5
Graduate with a minimum attendance record of 90%
Complete The Pittsburgh Promise application.
Earn admission to any accredited public or private post-secondary school
located in Pennsylvania.
Complete the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the PA State
Grant Form by April 30th. A new FAFSA is required every year that a student
is enrolled, including the State Grant Form and all verification or validation
requested before Promise funds will be disbursed.
How much will I receive?
The maximum award for graduates of the Class of 2012 and beyond is $10,000 per year.
An individual student's award is pro-rated for the grade from which continuous, uninterrupted
residency and enrollment began. Awards are a percentage of $10,000:
Below are the reward levels based on a student's enrollment
within the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
What does The Promise scholarship pay for?
Promise scholarships are "last dollar" scholarships, meaning The Promise pays
for tuition, fees, books, and room and board (at schools providing residency)
after other grants, such as Pell, PHEAA, FSEOG and institutional grants have
been deducted. Loans are not included in the calculation.
The Promise pays the balance up to the student's maximum award amount for
each of four years of education.
Institutions of higher educations invoice The Pittsburgh Promise for the
scholarship funds each term or semester. Checks are sent directly to the school.
Where can I use my scholarship?
Promise funds may be used to attend any accredited post-secondary institution
in Pennsylvania. This includes 4-year private or public colleges and universities,
2-year college programs, or trade and technical schools (must be Pell-eligible).
Promise scholarships are for undergraduate degrees, diplomas and certificates;
they cannot be used for graduate school.
The Promise does not fund online or cyber schools.
You can see a list of Promise eligible schools here: (eligible school link)
What do I need to do to maintain my scholarship throughout college?
Maintain a full-time course load as defined by your school, usually 12-16 credits
per-term at most colleges and universities. Check with your school for their definition
of "full time".
Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Complete the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the State Grant
Form by April 30th each year.