Public Price Match Plus

You should attend the university that is the right fit for you. The cost of tuition shouldn’t get in the way. That’s why RMU now offers qualified students the Public Price Match Plus, a scholarship that ensures a private university education at RMU that costs less than a degree from the main campuses of Penn State or the University of Pittsburgh.

Here’s how it works: If you are accepted to RMU and also admitted to the main campus of Pitt or Penn State, RMU will guarantee to match your cost of attendance with the average cost of attendance at Pitt and Penn State. Then RMU also will award you an additional $3,000 scholarship each year.

So you save money by choosing RMU. And you receive the personal, professionally-focused education that launches RMU graduates into great careers and great lives.

Public Price Match Plus. One more way that RMU is big enough to matter, yet small enough to care.

Eligibility

Eligibility is open to incoming first-year students who are admitted to Robert Morris University and to either Penn State’s University Park campus or Pitt’s Oakland campus. Other eligibility requirements:

  • Students must be Pennsylvania residents and plan to live on RMU’s campus in Moon Township.
  • Students must submit a copy of their letter of acceptance to Pitt or Penn State’s main campus, as well as a letter from their high school guidance counselor affirming their acceptance to Pitt or Penn State.
  •  International students are not eligible.

Students do not need to submit a FAFSA to be eligible for the Public Price Match Plus scholarship.

Award Amount

The Public Price Match Plus scholarship is based on the average annual in-state cost of attendance (COA) at the main campuses of Pitt and Penn State. That average is subtracted from the cost of attendance at RMU to calculate the base scholarship amount each year. RMU then adds another $3,000 to the scholarship.
 
Cost of attendance, sometimes called a college’s “sticker price,”  includes tuition, fees, room, board, books and other expenses a family might accrue while a student is enrolled in college, including transportation and personal expenses.
 
The scholarship is renewable for up to four academic years, so long as students make satisfactory academic progress each year. The scholarship will be recalculated each year, based on the annual COA. The award may go up from year to year, but it will never decrease.
 
Students who receive the Public Price Match Plus scholarship may be eligible for a limited number of other institutional aid awards, including the Pittsburgh Promise, but it is not stackable on top of an RMU academic merit award.

Institution Cost of Attendance
University of Pittsburgh main campus $34,868
Penn State main campus $33,167
Average Pitt/Penn State cost of attendance $34,018
Your cost to attend RMU with the
Public Price Match Plus Scholarship
$31,018

For more information, email pricematch@rmu.edu or call 412-397-COST (2678).


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the Public Price Match scholarship?

Pennsylvania residents who have been admitted to the main campuses of Penn State or the University of Pittsburgh.

Are transfer students eligible?

Transfer students are not eligible in the inaugural year (Fall 2019), but we will be considering their eligibility for future years.

Will RMU match the price of any public institution?

RMU will only match the average COA of the campuses noted above (main campuses of Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh).

How is the cost of attendance calculated?

Cost of Attendance (COA) is defined by the U.S. Department of Education to include tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation, and personal expenses, including travel.

Is this scholarship renewable?

The Public Price Match Plus scholarship is renewable annually as long as the recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 grade point average at RMU.

Does the scholarship amount stay the same each year?

The scholarship will be recalculated each year, based on the annual COA.

I received an academic scholarship from RMU. Am I also eligible for the Public Price Match Plus scholarship?

The Public Price Match Plus scholarship would replace the academic scholarship from RMU. Students who are offered more than one scholarship from RMU are free to choose whichever one has the highest value.

If I qualify for the Public Price Match Plus scholarship, am I eligible for any additional aid?

Students continue to be eligible for federal, state, and other sources of external aid based on their eligibility requirements.

Can I still receive the Public Price Match Plus scholarship if I live off-campus?

The Public Price Match Plus scholarship is based on the COA of living on campus.  For this reason, only students who live in RMU residences are eligible.

What happens if I don’t maintain the minimum GPA?

The financial aid office reviews the eligibility of all students who receive scholarships from RMU.  If you do not maintain a 3.0 GPA, you will no longer be eligible for the Public Price Match Plus scholarship.

Why is RMU offering this scholarship?

RMU is a leader in affordable education, and our tuition, room, and board costs are approximately 10 percent lower than the median for private colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. (Based on benchmarking with institutions that belong to the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.) The Public Price Match Plus is another example of RMU’s desire to make higher education accessible to all students who are prepared to enter college and earn a degree.