The Pittsburgh Promise

The Pittsburgh Promise is a scholarship program for graduates of Pittsburgh Public Schools to promote college and trade school enrollment, help relieve the financial burden it, and support Promise Scholars through to attainment of a degree or credential.

The Preferred College Partners Program is intended to fortify relationships between the Pittsburgh Promise and certain strategic institutions to promote the institutions which provide additional financial aid and support services.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is committed to providing a housing award of $2,000 for up to four years, totaling $8,000, for full-time eligible students from the high school graduating class of 2020 who live in university-operated residence halls. These awards are in addition to any other aid for which the student may be eligible.

The Promise Award can be combined with other IUP scholarships, grants, and awards, including the Promising Scholars and Sutton Scholars awards, so long as the cost of attendance is not exceeded. The Promise Award is not need-based and does not take a family's income into consideration.

Student Support Services

Pittsburgh Promise students who enroll at IUP will have access to a complete array of academic support services provided through our Academic Success Center.


The Pittsburgh Promise Award is available to students who meet the following:

  • Have continuously lived in the city of Pittsburgh for all four years of high school.

  • Have attend a Pittsburgh public school without interruption, from the start of ninth grade through graduation.

  • Have graduated with a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 2.5 or better.

  • Have maintained an attendance record of 90 percent or greater for their four years at a Pittsburgh public school.

You must file a FAFSA and Pennsylvania State Grant form by May 1 of your senior year in order to receive the Promise Award.

For more information, please contact:

Shawn Jones,
Associate Director of Admissions