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 June 2015, we announced changes to our scholarship to ensure sustainability and to cover, at minimum, the Class of 2028. Those changes took effect as the high school Class of 2017 began their post-secondary education. After assessing the data for the 2017 fall semester, we determined that access to The Promise award funds could be broadened without significantly impacting our sustainability. Scholarship eligibility and award details for the Classes of 2018 and beyond are outlined below. For additional information on these changes, reference our press release and Promise 2018 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 (PHEAA) 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?

For the Classes of 2018 and beyond: Every student who starts on day one of 9th grade and meets eligibility criteria will be eligible for up to $5,000 per year, for four years of post-secondary education.

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 funds are tuition, fees, room, board, and books.
  • 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 PA State Grant Form by April 30th each year.

How do I apply?

For additional information on the scholarship structure for the Class of 2017 and previous classes, please reference the 2012-2017 Fact Sheet.