Financial Aid

Cincinnati Pride Grant

Graduates of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) in or after 2002 who have not attended college after high school graduation (or who are direct transfers after completing their associate degree from Cincinnati State Technical & Community College if they attended direct from a CPS high school) can be considered for the Cincinnati Pride Grant (CPG).

The Cincinnati Pride Grant, in combination with federal, state and institutional aid, equals the full cost of tuition and a book allowance for those graduates of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) admitted into University of Cincinnati academic programs who might not otherwise be able to afford a college education. The grant recognizes UC’s long-standing partnership with the Cincinnati Public School System and reaffirms its commitment to CPS’s graduates.


All Cincinnati Public School students who graduated in or after 2002 and who have not attended another post-secondary institution* will be eligible for the Cincinnati Pride Grant providing they meet UC admission criteria and qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.

*CPS graduates after 2002 admitted into UC baccalaureate degree programs who have only attended Cincinnati State and completed their associate degree can also be considered for the Pride Grant if they qualify for Pell.

NOTE: A GPA requirement upon admission for CPS eligibility was removed for fall 2022 forward.


After applying for admission to UC, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). CPS students who are determined to be Federal Pell Grant-eligible will automatically be considered for CPG.

The CPG program assures the overall combination of federal, state and institutional aid will equal the full cost of tuition and a book allowance for those graduates of Cincinnati Public Schools who might not otherwise be able to afford a college education.

UC makes a great education affordable by preparing financial aid packages based on the specific needs of each student as determined by the FAFSA. Some students’ award packages may include a combination of scholarshipsgrantsloans and work-study programs, while others may contain only a loan. To ensure that students get the best award possible, they should complete and submit both their application for admission and a FAFSA as soon as possible.

Students and families can get answers to many of their questions by reviewing our CPG FAQs.

Staff at Enrollment Services can help with your CPG award and answer any questions students and their families might have about the Cincinnati Pride Grant, award eligibility, and other scholarship and financial aid options at the University of Cincinnati.

Enrollment Services
Service locations and hours

Academic Support

To help student success, the Student Financial Aid Office has partnered with the Learning Commons and the Gen-1 programs. CPG students will be offered academic support programs designed to assist local students -- both commuting from home and those living on campus -- transition to college.

Students can contact CPG support advisors directly:

Cincinnati Pride Support Services
Stratford Heights Building 12
All appointments done virtually from 8a-5p weekdays

Arthur Walton
Educational Advisor

Cheri Westmoreland, EdD
Director, Academic Enrichment and Outreach

Additionallly, CPG academic support advisors will work closely with students who are in danger of losing their CPG eligibility so that structured assistance can heighten success and award retention. Failure to work closely with academic support systems when a student is having academic difficulty can result in loss of CPG awards.


Cincinnati Pride Grants are automatically renewed for up to four years (8 semesters), provided the recipients adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Maintain Federal Pell Grant eligibility each year,
  • Maintain federal guidelines for academic success,
  • Maintain continuous, full-time enrollment for all fall and spring semesters until graduation, and
  • Remain in good standing within their degree-granting academic program.

CPG students, by the nature of their award, who have careful financial planning and limit their college costs can graduate debt-free or with very little loan debt.