Pittsburgh Public Schools will host Financial Aid Nights across the District throughout the months of January and February. Parents and students of the Pittsburgh Public Schools will have an opportunity to learn about the types of federal and state aid available for college.
On December 5, 2007, the District announced a $100 million commitment by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to fund The Pittsburgh Promise. The 2008 graduating class of the Pittsburgh Public Schools will have the opportunity to receive a scholarship from The Promise that would pay up to $5,000 each year for up to four years of tuition. Even students who already have scholarships to cover the full cost of tuition may be eligible for a minimum award of up to $1,000 through The Promise.
The Pittsburgh Promise is a “last dollar” scholarship. In order to calculate the amount of Promise scholarship student must first complete a Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA). There are important deadlines for financial aid and some vary depending on the college or university a student plans to attend.
Representatives from the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and colleges will be on hand to speak about The Pittsburgh Promise and the various types of financial aid available to students including grants, loans and work-study.
Pittsburgh Public Schools parents and students may attend any of the following Financial Aid Nights listed:
• Pittsburgh Westinghouse, January 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school library.
• Pittsburgh Schenley, January 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school library.
• Pittsburgh CAPA, January 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theater.
• Pittsburgh Perry in the school library on January 30 at 6:30 p.m. and February 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.