Grants and Scholarships
Last year, PTC awarded more than $4 million in grants and scholarships to students.
CARES Act Grant
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
Pittsburgh Technical College received $1.6 Million in education stabilization funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Students who are eligible for these funds have been notified by email and invited to apply. Learn more about this grant designated exclusively for emergency financial aid grants to students.
High School Senior Scholarships
PTC ME High School Scholarship Competition
Deadline April 1, 2020
Every life has its ups and downs. Describe the journey that’s brought you to PTC, including your successes and the obstacles you’ve overcome that have made you who you are today. Your submission will either be a photo and essay or a video submission. You have the potential to earn up to a $15,000 scholarship. For details and to enter, go to PTC-Me.com.
Letter to My Future Self Scholarship
Deadline May 1, 2020
Seniors, write a letter to your future self after you’ve graduated from college. Answer this question: How did college help you fulfill your life and career goals? $1,000 scholarships will be awarded, and winners will be chosen by a panel of judges.
The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship
PTC awards financial assistance up to $2500 per academic year in partnership with The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship. The student must be eligible for the Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship, and must live in PTC student housing. The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship is a “last dollar” scholarship, meaning The Promise pays for eligible expenses after all other grants and scholarships, such as Pell, PHEAA, FSEOG, and institutional grants have been deducted. Graduates of Pittsburgh public or charter high schools are eligible. For details and to talk with an Admissions Coordinator, contact Renee Thomas at 412.809.5142 or Thomas.Renee@PTCollege.edu.
Early Application Grant/Scholarship
Deadline December 9, 2019
2020 high school graduates who apply and pay their tuition deposit by the December 9, 2019 deadline can receive a $500 early application grant and participate in the early application essay competition for a $3,000 scholarship.
For the essay, provide an answer to “How do you see your life changing, once you become a college student at PTC?” Describe what you’re looking forward to—and any challenges you may encounter as you begin your college education.
PTC “Inspiration” Scholarship
Deadline February 1, 2020
Seniors, submit a paragraph describing which person or event has most inspired you. Five winners are chosen by a panel of judges and receive a $1,000 PTC scholarship.
Cyber School Student Scholarship
Deadline March 1, 2020
High School seniors enrolled full time at a state-approved cyber school can receive a partial tuition scholarship up to $3,000 for certificate programs, $6,000 for Associate degree programs and $9,000 for Bachelor’s degree programs, which covers the duration of their program.
Deadline March 1, 2020
Active members of their high school, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard JROTC organization can receive a partial tuition scholarship up to $3,000 for certificate programs, $6,000 for Associate degree programs and $9,000 for Bachelor’s degree programs, which covers the duration of their program.
High School Club and Organization Scholarship
Deadline March 1, 2020
Active members of identified high school clubs and organizations can receive a partial tuition scholarship up to $3,000 for certificate programs, $6,000 for Associate degree programs and $9,000 for Bachelor’s degree programs, which covers the duration of their program. In recent years, scholarships have been offered to members of these organizations: Future Business Leaders of America, Distributive Education Clubs of America, SkillsUSA, Technology Students Association, Future Farmers of America, Health Occupations Students of America, Business Professionals of America, JROTC, and Family Community and Career Leaders of America.
Culinary Prostart Grant
Culinary students who are recognized as winners at the ProStart Competition are eligible for a maximum award of up to $2,500 for the duration of their program.
Lou Holtz Matching Scholarship
Up to four students who applied and are awarded a Lou Holtz scholarship will have that award matched by PTC up to $10,000 for their program. Students should apply to the Lou Holtz Scholarship Foundation for consideration.
General Scholarships and Grants
Academic Achievement Scholarship
2020 high school graduates and dependent students under the age of 24 can receive a PTC Academic Achievement scholarship. These program-specific awards are based on the student’s documented high school cumulative grade point average (CGPA).Certificate Program Awards
- Students with a high school GPA between 3.25 and 3.49 are eligible to receive up to $2,000.
- Students with a high school GPA of 3.50 and higher are eligible to receive up to $4,000.
- Not all PTC certificate programs are eligible.
- Students with a high school CGPA between 3.25 and 3.49 are eligible to receive up to $3,000.
- Students with a high school CGPA of 3.5 and higher are eligible to receive up to $5,000.
- Students with a high school CGPA between 3.25and 3.49 are eligible to receive up to $5,100.
- Students with a high school CGPA of 3.5 and higher are eligible to receive up to $8,600.
PTC Sibling Grant
Siblings attending PTC at the same time can receive a tuition grant of $300 per quarter. Awards will not exceed the original program length.
Tuition Assistance Grant
Students who demonstrate financial need can receive a PTC grant up to $3,500 for Certificate programs, $6,000 for Associate degree programs and $10,200 for Bachelor’s degree programs. Not all programs qualify.
Out-of-state Resident Grant
Out-of-state students enrolled in a degree granting program may receive a grant based on the PA state grant eligibility determination if their state does not award state grant funds.
Company Grants – Education Alliance
A grant of 5%-15%, depending on your eligibility, is available to full-time employees of participating companies and their immediate families.
PTC Late State Grant
Newly accepted students who missed the state grant deadline can receive a PTC grant for their first academic year. This is a one-time grant, available only to students who applied for admission after the state grant deadline and are eligible for the PA State Grant.
Dependent students (typically high school seniors and adults under the age of 24) as determined by the Department of Education who apply to one of PTC’s STEM programs may be eligible for a partial tuition PTC scholarship. STEM programs combine the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math. Awards vary.
Certificate Program Grant
Students who are not eligible to receive a Pell Grant can receive a PTC grant up to $3,500.
Eligible students may be awarded up to $3,000 for Practical Nursing and $5,000 for the Registered Nursing program. The awards are based on the applicant’s TEAS, SAT or ACT testing scores.
PTC Online Grant
Students enrolled in a fully online program may receive a grant of $7,000 for Associate degree programs and $10,000 for Bachelor’s degree programs. Not all programs qualify.
Financial aid is available to those who qualify.