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The Preferred College Partners Program strengthens relationships between The Pittsburgh Promise and post-secondary institutions that provide additional financial aid and robust support services for Promise Scholars.

Preferred College Partners provide grants for room and board to Promise-eligible students who are accepted to the institution. The schools will also provide targeted transition and academic support services to ensure student retention and success. Our thanks to these Preferred College Partners, who share The Pittsburgh Promise’s commitment to helping make post-secondary education more accessible and affordable.

Next Steps for Future Promise Scholars

  1. Be certain to consider Preferred College Partner schools when beginning your post-secondary school search.
  2. Visit the schools and ask about financial aid and support services for Promise Scholars.
  3. Apply to all schools of your choice.
  4. Complete the FAFSA and PA State Grant Form (PHEAA) as early as possible (Oct.1) and no later than May 1.
  5. Once accepted to a Preferred College Partner school, reach out to the school’s financial aid office to learn more about your individual financial aid package. Financial aid packages will vary by school and by student.

Graduate School Scholarships

Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and Point Park University—founding college partners of The Pittsburgh Promise— are extending their support of Promise scholarship recipients to graduate school offerings. Each institution is offering tuition discounts of 30% for various graduate school programs. Please check with the schools for details on the awards. Students who apply for the graduate school support will need a letter verifying their Promise status. Instructions for obtaining that letter are below:

  1. Log in to  www.pittsburghpromise.org/portal  (contact The Promise office if you forget your username or password)
  2. Update your contact information
  3. Go to Messages, create a New Message that states the institution and graduate program you are interested in attending
  4. The Promise will create a verification letter and make it available electronically in  Promise Portal Documents
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