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What is NEED?

NEED provides an array of support services for students to ensure greatly increased retention, graduation from secondary education and entry in and completion of postsecondary education.

Who is eligible for NEED scholarships and grants?

The following summarizes our eligibility requirements:

  • Be a high school student planning to enroll, or a student already enrolled, full-time in a college or university.
  • Be a resident of a county in the Pittsburgh area,
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need of at least $1,000 after the financial aid award package has been determined,
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

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How do I apply?

You can either create a free username & password and apply online, or you can Click here (link) to download a pdf copy of our application. Once you have completed it, you can return it to our office via fax, mail, or in person during regular office hours.