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Pitt Success Pell Match Program

The Pitt Success Program consists of Pell match and grants available to students on all five of Pitt’s campuses. In 2019, the program kicked off the largest restructuring of financial aid in the institution’s nearly 234-year history. Currently, Pitt enrolls more than 5,700 students who benefit from the Pitt Success Program, with the average student receiving $5,500. Since its inception, the program has been linked to a notable improvement in retention and graduation rates and student loan debt for all Pitt graduates has dropped about $1,000 in two years.

The federal Pell Grant helps students and families with the greatest financial need pay for college. The Pitt Success Pell Match Program will maximize the power of this federal program by matching it dollar for dollar. This University-wide program will be available to eligible undergraduate students at each of our five campuses (Pittsburgh, Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, Titusville).

All students who are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, including part-time students, will receive the Pitt Success Pell Match Grant. The amount of the Pitt Success Pell Match Grant will match your Federal Pell Grant dollar for dollar.

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Am I eligible for the Pitt Success Pell Match Program if I am a part-time student?

Yes. Part-time students are eligible for the Pitt Success Pell Match Program.

Why did the University create the Pitt Success Pell Match Program?

A college degree is one of the most important and life-changing investments that an individual (and their family) can make. The University of Pittsburgh believes that students should not miss out on this experience due to financial circumstances that are—in many instances—largely out of their control. This is why the University supports a range of access and affordability initiatives that can help the best and brightest students thrive at Pitt.

What is the Pitt Success Pell Match Program?

The federal Pell Grant helps students and families with the greatest financial need pay for college. The Pitt Success Pell Match Program will maximize the power of this federal program by matching it dollar for dollar. This University-wide program will be available to eligible undergraduate students at each of our five campuses (Pittsburgh, Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, Titusville).

How many programs does Pitt have to help students and families afford the cost of a Pitt education?

With the creation of the new Pitt Success Pell Match Program, there are now seven programs to assist students and families:

  1. Pitt Success Pell Match Program
  2. Panthers Forward
  3. Pittsburgh Public Scholars
  4. Pittsburgh Admissions Collaborative
  5. PittFund$Me
  6. Coalition for College
  7. Raise Me

Will I receive the Pitt Success Pell Match each year that I am at Pitt?

Every year that you are eligible to receive a Pell Grant, you will receive matching funds from the University of Pittsburgh.

I attend a University of Pittsburgh regional campus. Am I eligible to receive this grant?

Yes. Students on all five Pitt campuses are eligible for the Pitt Success Pell Match Program. As long as you receive a Pell Grant, Pitt will match this federal grant dollar for dollar.

How many Pitt students will receive the Pitt Success Pell Match?

Approximately 5,000 undergraduate students across all five campuses.

How does the Pitt Success Pell Match Program benefit Pitt students and their families?

  • The Pitt Success Pell Match Program will immediately reduce a qualifying student’s financial obligation.
  • We expect recipients to be able to reduce time spent at paid employment and to expand their time engaged in studies or University activities with less worry about financial commitments and constraints.

Where can I get more information about the Pitt Success Pell Match?

Please check out our access and affordability portal: affordability.pitt.edu