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With new Public Price Match Plus scholarship, qualified students attend RMU for less than Pitt or Penn State

Robert Morris University is taking on the Panthers and the Nittany Lions – and not on the football field or the basketball court.

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“The Public Price Match Plus is one more way that RMU demonstrates that it is big enough to matter, yet small enough to care”

Rather, RMU is rolling out a new scholarship program, called Public Price Match Plus, in which it will guarantee that qualified students will pay less to attend Robert Morris, a private university, than Pitt or Penn State, which are both public. Public Price Match Plus will be available to qualified freshman students starting in the fall of 2019.

“Many families assume that a private university education is going to cost them more than attending a public institution. But RMU offers very competitive financial aid packages that make us the better value,” said Wendy Beckemeyer, vice president for enrollment management at Robert Morris.

Here’s how it works: For students who are accepted to RMU and also admitted to the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh or Penn State, Robert Morris will guarantee to match the student’s cost of attendance with the average cost of attendance at Pitt and Penn State. RMU also will award those students an additional $3,000 annual scholarship, which means they will pay less than they would to attend either Pitt or Penn State.

“The Public Price Match Plus is one more way that RMU demonstrates that it is big enough to matter, yet small enough to care,” said Beckemeyer.

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.

Currently, the average cost of attendance for Pitt and Penn State (main campuses) is $34,018. With the Public Price Match Plus scholarship, qualified students at RMU would pay no more than $31,018, or $3,000 less than the Pitt- Penn State average cost. Those students would also continue to be eligible for federal, state, and other sources of external aid, possibly bringing their costs down even further.

To be eligible, a student must be a Pennsylvania resident who plans to live at RMU’s campus in Moon Township. They must demonstrate that they have been accepted to Pitt’s main campus in Oakland or Penn State’s main campus in University Park. The program is not open to transfer students at this time. For more information, go to rmu.edu/pricematch, email pricematch@rmu.edu, or call 412-397-COST (2678).