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Friday, December 21, 2012

More Students Eligible for Merit Scholarships

In an effort to help families cover the cost of college education, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will adjust its criteria to enable more full-time freshmen and transfer students entering Pitt-Bradford in Fall 2013 to qualify for merit scholarships.

Full-time freshman commuter students enrolling in fall 2013 with an SAT of 930 or higher (math and critical reading only) and high school grade-point average of 2.5 or higher will qualify for a $2,000 merit scholarship.

In-state transfer students enrolling in fall 2013 with a 2.50 GPA and 12 credits from another institution will qualify for a $3,000 merit scholarship, if living on campus, or $1,000, if commuting. The criteria for these awards are different from those applied in previous years and only apply for students entering Pitt-Bradford in fall 2013.

“We’re very mindful of the struggles families in our region and beyond experience as they strive to keep up with the rising cost of a college education,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president.

“Providing substantial merit scholarships is one of many ways in which we continue to make our high quality education accessible to low- and moderate-income families.”

Merit scholarships are provided to students at the time of admission and are independent of any other financial aid they may receive.

Eligibility for scholarships is determined by the offices of admissions and financial aid, but general awards are as follows:

New full-time Pennsylvania freshmen living on campus can receive $5,500 to $6,000 per year for four years; and new full-time out-of-state freshmen living on campus can receive $11,500 per year for four years.

New out-of-state transfer students may receive up to $9,500 per year for four years, while new out-of-state freshmen commuters can receive $8,000 per year for four years.

For more information on Pitt-Bradford merit scholarships or financial aid, contact the Office of Admissions at (814)362-7555 or the Office of Financial Aid at (814)362-7550.

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