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Scholarships and financial aid

Pitt State offers its students many opportunities for scholarships & financial assistance. 

Pittsburg State University understands that as a student your focus should be on the classroom and not on the paperwork. The professionals in our Office of Student Financial Assistance are here to provide you with the information you need to make the right choices about financial aid.

Nearly 80 percent of Pitt State students receive some sort of financial aid, including:

  • Grants: assistance that does not require repayment
  • Scholarships: awards for students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement or meet specific criteria, which do not require repayment
  • Employment: about 10% of our students are employed on campus
  • Loans: loans can be made to parents and/or students, and must be repaid

In many cases, our student financial assistance professionals can help you create a combination of these options into a personal package that fits your individual needs. The amount of assistance you receive is based on your family’s expected contribution to your educational costs.

Scholarships and other types of financial assistance

Scholarships for Freshmen Students

Academic Achievement Award
Automatic Scholarship
$500 - $1,200 Based on your cumulative high school GPA and your ACT score. You must graduate from an accredited high school to qualify. See details
Valedictorian
Automatic Scholarship
$1,000 + Academic Achievement Award ($500 - $1500) For High School Graduates. The award is divided over the first two semesters of attendance. It is not renewable.
Diversity scholarship
Automatic Scholarship
up to $1,000 19 ACT and 3.4 GPA or 20 ACT and 3.3 GPA or 21 or above ACT and 3.2 GPA
Alumni Legacy Amounts vary Parent must be a PSU graduate;
minimum 21 ACT or 3.0 GPA; first time enrolling in PSU
Departmental awards and scholarships Amounts vary Contact the department of your major to see if a separate application is required
Department contacts
View all departmental scholarships
PSU Campus-wide general scholarships Amounts vary Requirements vary - apply for general scholarships

Note: Applications received after February 1 will be considered only if funds remain available.

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Academic Achievement Award
Automatic Scholarship
$750 - $1,500 Minimum 3.5 cumulative college GPA and 24 transferable hours or minimum 3.25 cumulative college GPA and 48 transferable hours earned after high school graduation.
Diversity scholarship
Automatic Scholarship
up to $1,000 3.5 college GPA
Alumni Legacy Amounts vary Parent must be a PSU graduate; minimum 21 ACT or 3.0 GPA; first time enrolling in PSU
Departmental awards and scholarships Amounts vary Contact the department of your major to see if a separate application is required
Department contacts
View all departmental scholarships
Kansas All-State Academic Team $1,000 Member of the Kansas All-State Academic Team sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Kansas Association of Community Colleges
Phi Theta Kappa
Automatic Scholarship
$500 Phi Theta Kappa member; proof of membership required
PSU Campus-wide general scholarships Amounts vary Requirements vary - apply for general scholarships
Transfer Scholar Leadership Program $2,000; renewable for one additional year Minimum 3.25 cumulative college GPA, minimum 42 Program transferable hours with at least 24 of those earned after high school graduation. Must apply by Feb. 1. Application procedures

Note: Applications received after February 1 will be considered only if funds remain available.

Scholarships for Current Students

There are many scholarship opportunities for current students. Current students must apply or re-apply for Scholarship every year to be considered. Apply for scholarships by February 1.

Additionally, there may be scholarship opportunities available through the college departments and/or scholarships awarded by the industry. Please contact your adviser or a department of your majors for more information.

Pitt State Campus-wide general scholarships

Departmental Scholarships

Honors College Awards

Presidential Award $9,500/year; $2,000 study abroad stipend
University Award $4,500/year; $2,000 study abroad stipend
Crimson & Gold Award $1,000/year; renewable for one additional year

Deadline to apply for entering freshman is January 15th prior to the fall semester in which the student will enter Pittsburg State.

To apply, a student must first meet the following:
1. Must be a new incoming freshman
2. ACT composite score of 28 or higher OR SAT composite score of 1240 or higher; AND
3. Complete the pre-college curriculum with at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)

The Pre-college Curriculum as established by the Kansas Board of Regents includes:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of Math (Nothing below Algebra I will be accepted)
  • 3 units of Natural Science (One unit must be Physics or Chemistry)
  • 3 units of Social Science

Visit Honors College web page

Diversity Scholarship

Automatic Scholarship
Students of diversity may be eligible for an additional $1,000 annually. Diversity status will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For freshmen: 19 ACT and 3.4 GPA or 20 ACT and 3.3 GPA or 21 or above ACT and 3.2 GPA

For transfer students: 3.5 college GPA

Visit Diversity office web page

Nursing Scholarship

Nursing Scholarship Program is available to incoming and current nursing students

Programs for Out-of-State Students

Gorilla Advantage In-state Tuition Residence in specific applicable counties
Gorilla Edge 150% of In-State Tuition Residence in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas
Midwest Student Exchange Program 150% of In-State Tuition Residence in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin; contact the Office of Admission for additional requirements
Alumni Legacy 150% of In-State Tuition Parent/grandparent must be a PSU graduate;

External Scholarships

 General Scholarship Search Engines

Federal Student Aid http://studentaid2.ed.gov/getmoney/scholarship
Fastweb www.fastweb.com
College Answer www.collegeanswer.com
Scholarships.com www.scholarships.com
StudentAwards.com www.studentawards.com
FastAid www.fastaid.com
Scholarship Hunter www.scholarshiphunter.com
Scholarships 101 www.scholarships101.com
SuperCollege www.supercollege.com
StudentScholarships.org www.studentscholarships.org

 

Minority Student Resources

America's Black Collegians www.am-blk-coll.com
Hispanic College Fund www.hispanicfund.org
Hispanic Scholarship Fund www.hsf.net
American Indian College Fund www.collegefund.org
United Negro College Fund www.uncf.org
Black Excel www.blackexcel.org
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund www.apiasf.org
Black College Dollars www.blackcollegedollars.org
Bureau of Indian Education www.bie.edu
Gates Millennium Scholars www.gmsp.org
Latino College Dollars www.latinocollegedollars.org
Scholarship for Hispanics www.scholarshipsforhispanics.com
U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce http://uspaacc.com/index.php/programs/college-scholarships/

 

Military Scholarship Resources

Military Scholarship Finder www.military.com/scholarships
Kansas Commission on Veteran's Affairs http://www.kcva.org/vb/
Kansas Military Service Scholarship http://www.kansasregents.org/scholarships_and_grants

 

Disabled Student Resources

FinAid for Disabled Students www.finaid.org/otheraid/disabled.phtml
Disability Resources www.disabilityinfo.gov
National Center for Learning http://www.ncld.org/

 

International Student Resources

Scholarship Searches-International www.iefa.org
Scholarship Searches-International www.internationstudent.com

 

Other Scholarship Resources

 

Scholarship Experts www.scholarshipexperts.com
Scholarship Help www.scholarshiphelp.org
Scholarship Scams www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation www.gkccf.org
Student's Guide to Writing a Scholarship Essay www.studentscholarshipsearch.com/tips/scholarship-essay-tips.php



Scholarships for International Students

Undergraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship $3,000; one-time See details and how to apply
International Graduate Fellowship $5,000; one-time See details and how to apply
Intensive English Program Academic Excellence Scholarship $1,000; one-time See details and how to apply
Honors College Scholarship $4,500 - $9,500 See details and how to apply
Legacy Scholarship Program 150% of in-state tuition See details and how to apply
International Advocate Scholarship $1,000; renewable See details and how to apply
Indian Student Academic Excellence Scholarship $1,000; renewable See details and how to apply
Malaysian High Achiever Scholarship $1,000; renewable See details and how to apply
Malaysian Technology Major Scholarship In-State tuition See details and how to apply
Paraguay-Kansas In-State Tuition Waiver In-State tuition See details and how to apply
Tsang-Hsun Tsai and Ching-Hui Huang Scholarship $150; renewable See details and how to apply
Samuel J. Pease & William R. Herr Foreign Student Scholarship $1,000; renewable See details and how to apply
Graduate Assistantship 20 hrs/week See details and how to apply
General University Scholarships & Academic Department Scholarships Amounts vary See details and how to apply

Non-Institutional Scholarships

Privately funded scholarships from outside companies.

See the list of non-institutional scholarships

On-Campus Employment

Federal Work Study Up to $3,500/yr. Students with financial need
Pitt State Student Employment Minimum wage, up to 20 hrs/week Open to all students

Visit Career Services web page

Grants

Federal Pell Grant $605 - $5,645 Students with financial need
Federal Supplemental Grant $200 - $400 Students with financial need
Kansas Comprehensive Grant $100 - $1,100 Kansas residency; based on income
Federal Teach Grant Up to $4,000/year Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students preparing to teach in a high-need field may be eligible. Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for more information

Loans

Federal Stafford Loans-subsidized Up to $5,500; depends on class standing Students with financial need
Federal Stafford Loans-unsubsidized Up to $5,500; depends on class standing Financial need not required
Federal Perkins Loans Up to $2,500 Students with financial need
Nursing Student Loan Up to $2,500 Admission to Nursing program; students with financial need
Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) Amounts vary For parents borrowing on behalf of dependent undergraduate students

More information about students loans

Applying for General Scholarships

Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

  • For incoming freshmen, send ACT scores and a partial high school transcript to Pitt State by February 1st
  • For transfer students, send all college transcripts to Pitt State by February 1st
  • Apply for admission and scholarships online by February 1st. If you completed a paper application for admission, complete a separate scholarship application
  • Applications received after February 1 will be considered only if funds remain available

Current students

  • Must apply or re-apply for General Scholarships every year to be considered. Apply every year by February 1
  • Apply or Re-Apply for General Scholarships (Current Students)
  • Applications received after February 1 will be considered only if funds remain available

Automatic Scholarships

Many high school and transfer students who apply to Pittsburg State University are eligible for automatic scholarships based on academic performance. Academic Achievement Awards are awarded to high school students (Incoming Freshmen) who score at least a 22 on the ACT and have a grade point average of 3.2 or higher. High school class valedictorians are also eligible for the automatic scholarship. 

Transfer students may be eligible to receive an automatic scholarship if they have a minimum 3.5 cumulative college GPA and 24 transferable hours or minimum 3.25 cumulative college GPA and 48 transferable hours earned after high school graduation.

Note: Applications received after February 1 will be considered only if funds remain available.

Deadlines

There are three important dates for every student to remember:

  • January 15th - Application deadline for Honors College Awards & Scholarships
  • February 1 - Application deadline for Pitt State Awards & Scholarships
  • March 1 - Application deadline for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Frequently Asked Questions

Scholarships

Q: Who is eligible?
A: Scholarship requirements vary widely, but generally, you will need a minimum 22 ACT score and a 3.2 GPA.

Q: How do I apply for scholarships?
A: There are many different scholarships available for students at Pitt State.

Q: Is there a deadline for scholarship applications?
A: Yes. The deadline for all general scholarships at Pitt State is February 1.

Q: How will I be notified?
A: Scholarship recipients will receive an award letter after April 1.

Q: Are family finances considered?
A: Most scholarships are awarded on a merit basis. Some scholarships include financial need as a requirement.

Q: Are scholarship awards renewable?
A:
It depends upon the scholarship. You should apply for scholarships each year to ensure that you receive the maximum award for which you are eligible.

Q: Do I have to apply for scholarship every year even if I am a current Pitt State student?
A: Yes, to be considered for scholarships you must apply or re-apply for general scholarships every year. Departmental scholarships may require a separate application. Please contact the respective department chair for your application procedures.

Financial Assistance

Q: How do I apply?
A: As soon as possible after January 1 of your senior year, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. (PSU’s Federal School Code is 001926.) Within 3-5 days, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) via email. The Office of Student Financial Assistance will receive your application electronically and will contact you if additional information or documentation is needed. Be sure to watch your e-mail for information from us.

Q: Is there a deadline?
A: Yes. The priority deadline is March 1st.

Q: How will I be notified?
A:
Once your application is processed, you will be notified via GUS e-mail and provided instructions on how to accept your awards online. Make sure to check your GUS e-mail often, in case we need additional information from you.