Scholarship Calculation Guide
The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship can be applied to the following:
  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Books
  • Room
  • Board
We call this the "Total Cost of Attendance" at the student's school of choice.

Once you complete the FAFSA application, you receive the EFC (Expected Family Contribution). This is what determines how much, if any, federal or state grants a student will receive. A low EFC usually results in higher federal and state grants.

Many schools provide their own institutional aid over and above the government aid. These are scholarships, not loans, and do not need to be repaid.

Many students apply for and receive other private scholarships. Please see the link to available scholarships to which you can apply.

The Pittsburgh Promise uses the following formula to determine the amount of scholarship the student actually receives:


Tuition

+

Fees

+

Books

+

Room

+

Board

=

Total Cost of Attendance

-

Federal Grants

-

State Grants

-

Institutional Aid

-

Private Scholarships

=

Unmet Need

-

Promise Scholarship

=

Balance Owed (if any)

Below are examples of how this might work at a community college, a state university, and a private school.