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



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 eligibly 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 2012-2016 is 10,000 per year or $40,000 total. 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?
  • For the classes of 2012- 2016: The Promise Scholarship pays for the Total Cost of Attendance (tuition, fees, books, room and board at schools providing residency).
  • For the classes of 2017 and beyond: The Promise Scholarship pays for tuition and fees.
  • 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 education 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.

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?