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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

Academic Achievement Award
Automatic Scholarship
$500 - $1,200 Based on your cumulative high school GPA and your ACT score. Renewable for one additional year. See details
Automatic Scholarship
$1,000 For High School Graduates ranked #1 in High School class. The award is divided over the first two semesters of attendance. It is not renewable.
Diversity scholarship
Automatic Scholarship
$1,000 19 ACT and 3.4 GPA or 20 ACT and 3.3 GPA or 21 or above ACT and 3.2 GPA; must meet diversity factors. See details
Alumni Legacy License Plate Scholarship Amounts vary Parent/Grandparent 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.

Applying for General Scholarships

Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

  • For incoming freshmen, report ACT/SAT scores, high school cumulative GPA and class rank 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 incoming freshmen 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 (students ranked #1 in high school class) are also eligible for an 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 a minimum 3.25 cumulative college GPA and 48 transferable hours earned after high school graduation.  Awards range from $750 to $1,500 for the first year and are non-renewable.

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


There are three important dates for every student to remember:

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

Frequently Asked Questions


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?
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 scholarships 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 application procedures.

Q: Can I update my scholarship application?
A:  Yes.  Access the scholarship application, login to GUS, and make the necessary changes.  Updates should be done by February 1.

Financial Assistance

Q: How do I apply?
A: As soon as possible after October 1 of your senior year, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at (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.

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

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