Scholarships and Financial Aid

The College of General Studies has several financial aid awards available to degree-seeking students. To be considered for these awards, please select and complete the application(s) listed below.

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College of General Studies Scholarships

Summer 2021 Commonwealth Scholarship for CGS Students

This award will be applied to the student financial account to defray the cost of tuition and fees for a three or four-credit summer course.

Applicants must:

  • Be from a traditionally underrepresented population, including first-generation students and those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds
  • Be enrolled in a College of General Studies degree program
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 credits at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Demonstrate financial need (and have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for the 2020-2021 academic year)
  • Submit a one-page letter of interest
  • Currently be enrolled in or intend to enroll in an academic course (e.g. PEDC courses are not eligible for funding) during the summer of 2021 at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh campus)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority consideration will be given to applications received on or before March 15, 2021. Applications received after this date will be considered if funds are available. Click here to apply for this scholarship.

Fall 2020-Spring 2021

In addition to any award-specific requirements detailed below, student must meet the following three qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a CGS bachelor's degree program for a minimum of 6 credits per term
  • Have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the University for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Ineligible for tuition remission

Supplemental Aid

Supplemental Aid is awarded as $500 for students newly admitted to CGS or $1,000 per term for continuing students in good academic standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0).

Students with Dependents

This award in the amount of $1,500 per term supports CGS students who are the parent or legal guardian of a child or other family member(s). Eligible applicants must have earned a minimum of 80 credits, with at least 24 completed at the University of Pittsburgh, and be in good academic standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5). Proof of dependent(s) will be required.

Alice Wroblewski Scholarship

The number of awards/award amount varies annually and is provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation. Eligible students must be residents of Allegheny County, demonstrate significant financial need, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Proof of residency will be required.

Click here to apply for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 scholarships listed above.

The priority deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. EST Sunday, September 13, 2020. Applications received after this date will continue to be considered as long as funding is available. With the exception of the Alice Wroblewski Scholarship, students awarded in the fall will automatically be reconsidered for the consecutive spring term without an additional application as long as all requirements remain fulfilled. Awards are not transferable to other academic terms. Awards will be reversed and returned to the College if recipients drop below the term enrollment requirement or otherwise leave CGS.

Financial Aid Wellness Center

The Financial Aid Wellness Center located in 130 Thackeray Hall is available to all University of Pittsburgh students in need of financial aid counseling. Follow this link to learn more about the services the Center can provide for you, such as scholarship information, assistance with financial aid applications, student loan counseling, and more!