School district holding Financial Aid Nights for families to learn more about available aid


December 22, 2008

Parents and families of the Pittsburgh Public Schools can attend one of the district's Financial Aid Nights to learn about the types of federal and state aid available for education after high school.

On December 5, 2007, the district announced a $100 million commitment by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to fund The Pittsburgh Promise. Students of the Pittsburgh Public Schools 2009 graduating class 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. Prior to receiving a calculation of Promise scholarship dollars, students 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), Negro Educational Emergency Drive (NEED), 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 Financial Aid Nights listed below.

School Date Time – Place

Pittsburgh Allderdice December 22 11th & 12th graders

January 21, 2009 12th graders

6:30 p.m., School Library

Pittsburgh Brashear January 5, 2009 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Cafeteria

Pittsburgh Perry January 7, 2009 6:00 p.m., Cafeteria

Pittsburgh Oliver January 12, 2009 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., School Library

Pittsburgh Peabody January 13, 2009 5:30 p.m.,

February 10, 2009 School Library

March 10, 2009

April 14, 2009

Pittsburgh Carrick January 15, 2009 7:00 p.m., School Library

Pittsburgh Westinghouse January 15, 2009 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., School Library

Pittsburgh Schenley January 22, 2009 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., School Library

Pittsburgh CAPA January 28, 2009 6:00 p.m., Black Box Theater


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