The new Promise Student Portal allows you to:
  • Communicate with us
  • Tell us what colleges you apply to
  • Check your eligibility
  • Alert us if you change schools
  • See if your scholarship has been paid



The Pittsburgh Promise is committed to completing a $250 million fundraising campaign to assure that at least the graduating class of 2028 (children who entered Kindergarten in the fall of 2015) will receive a Promise Scholarship throughout their four years of post-secondary education. In order to ensure the longevity of The Pittsburgh Promise, changes to the scholarship structure will be made, starting with the class of 2017. Scholarship eligibility and new award details are outlined below. For additional information on these changes, reference our press release and Promise fact sheet.

Am I Eligible?

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.
  • Click here for a list of Promise eligible High Schools

GPA and Attendance Requirements
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative, un-weighted GPA of 2.5
  • Graduate with a minimum attendance record of 90%

Additional Requirements
  • 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 2017 and beyond is $7,500 per year or $30,000 total. Scholarships are awarded on a sliding scale that awards longevity in the Pittsburgh Public School District. An individual student's award is pro-rated for the grade from which continuous, uninterrupted city residency and Pittsburgh Public School enrollment began.

Below are the reward levels based on a student's enrollment
within the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

What does The Promise scholarship pay for?
  • The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship is a "last dollar" scholarship, meaning The Promise pays for eligible expenses after all other grants and scholarships, such as Pell, PHEAA, FSEOG and institutional grants have been deducted. Loans and work study are not included in the calculation. The Promise pays the remaining balance up to the student's maximum award for each of four years of education.
  • Expenses eligible for Promise Scholarship are tuition and fees only.
  • Colleges and schools invoice The Pittsburgh Promise for the scholarship funds each term or semester. Checks are sent directly to the schools.

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.

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.

How do I apply?