Financial Aid & Resources

Education is an investment in your future. In order to alleviate some of the financial burden, financial aid is available to qualified students and their families. Financial aid recipients must be enrolled in our school of specialized technology programs (AMT & AET).

PIA’s Financial Aid office is available to assist students and families with the process of applying for financial aid. Our website will answer your questions and guide you through the process of applying.

If you have questions about this information please e-mail our Financial Aid Department at or call 1-800-444-1440.

CAUTION! Do not pay a fee to apply for financial aid or scholarships. The FAFSA and legitimate scholarship applications are free.

Financial Aid News

NBAA Scholarship Opportunity

The NBAA Maintenance Committee is dedicated to promoting technical education and training as a means for business aviation maintenance…

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AMFA 2018 Scholarship

AMFA is committed to providing our members and those interested in the craft a means to research and secure…

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Ohio ACTE Scholarship Opportunity

The Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (Ohio ACTE) is proud to offer the annual $1,000 Darrell Parks…

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Wilmesher Scholarship

In memory of John Graham III, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) is offering a $1,000 scholarship funded by Ms….

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Aviation Expo Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to Lars Edward Davis, 4th semester student at the PIA Hagerstown Campus, and Helen Riordan, a Senior at Broad…

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PA Chamber of Business and Industry Visits PIA

On August 28th, Lori Renne, Director of Marketing, from the PA Chamber of Business and Industry met with representatives from…

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Scholarship Opportunity – Discover Aviation Learning Through Fun Scholarship

The program for 2017 will be similar to the one offered in 2016.  The 2017 Education Scholarship will be…

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Scholarship Opportunity – ACP Scholarship


Sponsored by the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania Awards ranging from $500 to $2000 are available in the…

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Helpful Resources

Financial Aid Programs

A Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be completed by anyone seeking a college education. It is the portal to help determine many of the following programs. PIA’s School code is 005310.

Financial Aid students

New to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

Take a moment and learn more by watching this short 2 minute video.

Three Primary Types of Aid

There are 3 different types of aid within the term ‘Financial Aid’

  • Grants: monetary awards that don’t need to be repaid.
  • Scholarships: monetary gift aid that does not need to be repaid.
  • Loans: monetary awards that must be repaid.

Step-By-Step Guide

Step 1: Apply for a FSA ID

The FSA ID is a username and password.  The FSA ID being used to access personal financial aid information online and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.  Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.

  • If you do not already have an FSA ID, please go to to create one.
  • Click the link to create an FSA ID
  • Create a username and password and enter your email address
  • Enter your name, date of birth, Social Security number, contact information and challenge questions answers
  • Review your information for accuracy and read and accept the terms and conditions
  • Confirm your email address using the secure code, which will be sent to your email address. After you verify your email you can use it instead of your username to log in.

An individual who already has a Federal PIN has the option to link that PIN to their newly-created FSA ID during registration. By linking to a “matched” PIN, you will be able to immediately use the FSA ID. It is recommended that you link your existing PIN to immediately use the FSA ID.

If you forgot the PIN, please choose “Forgot My PIN” during the FSA ID Registration process.


Step 2: Complete the FAFSA

To apply for federal student financial aid, and to apply for many state student aid programs, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a federal form and a requirement at PIA for all students who wish to be considered for need based financial aid, including the federal PLUS loan. The information you provide on your FAFSA determines if you are eligible for financial aid. The following items will help you complete the FAFSA:

  • PIA’s School code: 005310
  • Income tax return or estimated income
  • W-2 forms and other records of money earned
  • Records of untaxed income
  • Current bank statements
  • Business and farm records
  • Records of investments
  • Student’s driver’s license
  • Social Security card

Step 3: Contact PIA's Financial Aid Department

After you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we advise you to contact your financial aid officer to notify them that the application has been submitted. Generally within 72 hours PIA is able to retrieve an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) and begin the evaluation for an individualized financial plan. In the chance that additional information is required, your financial aid officer will be in contact.

Step 4: Complete Federal Loan Entrance Counseling

If you are a first time borrower to the Direct Loan program, you must complete the entrance counseling before receiving the first disbursement of your federal Direct Loan. The counseling includes information about your rights and responsibilities of being a loan borrower. This can be done by using your FSA ID to log in at

Step 5: Complete and Sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN)

Student loans awarded through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program require a completed electronic Master Promissory Note (MPN).  All Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized and Direct PLUS borrowers are required to complete the eMPN before any loan funds can be disbursed. This can be done by using your FSA ID to log in at

Step 6: Apply for Private Loans

Private Loans are from private institutions and will require a credit check. These private loans are not Federally Guaranteed and the interest rate on your loan will generally be higher than Federal Direct Loans and will depend on your credit score and/or ability to find a co-signer. Borrowers are strongly encouraged to fully borrow through the federal loan programs, as well as apply for other federal, state, and private financial aid options which may be available to you, before borrowing through a private loan program.

Please Note:  Private Loan brochures and Self Certifying Forms are available upon request in the Financial Aid Office. As the borrower, you have the right to use any lender.  We do not endorse, or recommend, any lender. As a convenience to you, the borrower, we have contacted a number of lenders to gather information regarding their student loan program. The list was developed using a request for information (RFI) process, and contains the lenders that indicated they will make loans to students attending our school.

Further, as the borrower, you should ensure that you understand the exact interest rate you will pay over the life of the loan, which may vary, as well as the terms and conditions of loans from the lender you select.

Net Price Calculator

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), PIA has provided the following net price calculator. This calculator is based on institutional data from FY 2014-2015, and is designed to provide prospective students and their families with estimated price information, based on a student’s individual circumstances.

It is important to note that calculations required for the Net-Price Calculator are derived from typical 9 month college attendance structure, which can result in adverse differences in the actual cost of attendance for PIA students. PIA’s recommendation is to always complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and allow the Financial Aid Department to supply accurate information specifically for you.

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Request Tax Transcripts

After completing the FAFSA, there may be times when additional supporting documentation regarding tax information is required. Below are some helpful tools for obtaining necessary tax transcripts.

Online Application

  • Go to
  • Under “TOOLS” (middle of the page in red) Click on “Order a Return or Account Transcript”
  • Under “Go Get Your Transcript”, Click on “Order a Transcript”
  • Enter the Social Security Number, the Date of Birth and the address provided on the tax return for the primary filer
  • Enter the tax year and if you are requesting the return or an account transcript (request a return transcript)

Paper Application

If you are unable to request your tax transcripts online, please complete a Form 4506-T: Request for Transcript of Tax Return.

The transcript will be mailed to the address on the tax return. Upon receipt, please mail the appropriate forms to PIA.

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The Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (Ohio ACTE) is proud to offer the annual $1,000 Darrell Parks Student Scholarship. Any student enrolled in an Ohio Career and Technical Program is eligible to apply.

A one-time monetary scholarship will be sent to the recipient’s program of higher education to be used toward tuition/fees. The recipient must successfully enroll for the first term of postsecondary education within one year of being awarded the Darrell Parks Scholarship.

In addition to the application, students must submit a 500-1,000 word essay explaining why their career-technical program has benefited them, and why they are applying for the scholarship.

Ohio ACTE Darrell Parks Scholarship Application

Questions may be e-mailed to or call Ohio ACTE at (614)890-2283.

All scholarship materials should be mailed to:
Ohio ACTE Student Scholarship
38 Commerce Park Suite D
Westerville, OH 43082

Envelopes must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2018.

The Consortium for Public Education is pleased to announce, once again, the 2018 Regional Chamber Alliance Foundation Scholarship for graduating seniors.

Regional Chamber Alliance Foundation

Open to seniors at Clairton City, East Allegheny, Elizabeth Forward, McKeesport Area, South Allegheny, Steel Valley, West Jefferson Hills, West Mifflin Area, and Woodland Hills school districts.

  • Provides two (2) $500 scholarships for the Fall semester for graduating high school seniors residing in the Mon-Yough area while continuing their post-secondary education.

Each student that submits an application will need to submit a copy of their transcript as well as a copy of their Student Aid Report (SAR) from their FAFSA application showing the EFC (Expected Family Contribution). Without this information, scholarship applications will not be sent to the review committee for consideration. Each student has the option to email this information to us or give to their Guidance office to collect and submit to us.

The deadline to submit the online Scholarship Application and supporting documents to the Consortium will be Friday, March 9, 2018. The link to the online Scholarship Application is:

If you have any questions, please call our office at 412-678-9215.

Outdoorsy has two scholarship opportunities available, with bi-annual deadlines of February 28th, 2018 and August 31st, 2018.


To apply, create an engaging essay answering: WHAT MAKES A GREAT ROADTRIP?

Chosen essays will be featured on the Never Idle blog and showcased on our travel destination pages.


To be eligible for the Spring deadline, applications must be submitted by 11:59PM February 28th, 2018.

To be eligible for the Fall deadline, scholarships must be submitted by 11:59PM August 31st, 2018.

Submitting your essay

All entries must be entered through the official Outdoorsy submission form. No paper or hard copy submissions will be accepted. All essays must be written in English. Personal information submitted will be used solely for the use of awarding the scholarship and will not be used for any other function.


Applicant must be least 18 years old who will be attending an accredited university or college in the next academic year. Undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible. International students are also invited to apply.

For full scholarship details and submission requirements, please visit Outdoorsy.

Sure Oak is awarding an annual scholarship of $1,000, with the winning candidate being selected from a panel of judges from Sure Oak.


All undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university

Required Application Details:

  • 1,000 to 1,500 word essay detailing how an education from your college or university will help you achieve your goals. What drew you to this particular college or university? Where do you see yourself in the next five years? How do you plan to get there?
  • Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university. A transcript, tuition receipt, or acceptance letter will be accepted.
  • Successful completion of the Sure Oak Scholarship form below.

How to Apply:

Please complete the form with the following information to apply: The Sure Oak Scholarship

  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • College or University Name
  • College or University Mailing Address
  • Proof of Enrollment – Transcripts, tuition receipt, or acceptance letter will be accepted. Please submit as .jpeg, .pdf, or .doc
  • Essay on Personal Goals – Please submit as .pdf or .doc

Application Deadline:

All application components must be submitted by July 15, 2018. A winner will be selected and notified by August 1, 2018.

Full scholarship details and requirements can be found here.




In memory of John Graham III, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) is offering a $1,000 scholarship funded by Ms. Cynda Wilmesher.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarships, students must:

  1. Be enrolled full-time in an Associate in Specialized Technology degree program at the main campus or an Aviation Maintenance Technology program at one of our branch campuses, and
  2. Have completed at least one academic quarter/semester at PIA as of the scholarship deadline.

Completed applications must be submitted or postmarked by April 1, 2018.

Wilmesher scholarship application

*Additional eligibility requirements and submission instructions are included on the application form.

The NBAA Maintenance Committee is dedicated to promoting technical education and training as a means for business aviation maintenance technicians to enhance their careers. To support this position, NBAA Charities offers current and aspiring maintenance technicians the opportunity to receive Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarships (Maintenance TRACS). Military aviation personnel transitioning to business aviation are also eligible for this scholarship.

Application deadline: February 28, 2018

Visit to get more information on the scholarship, as well as submit your application.



Awarded to outstanding students on the basis of achievement, we are pleased to officially launch The Schmidt Kramer Annual Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

“Cultivated and inspired by deserving applicants who excel academically, this scholarship was established to show increased support for outstanding scholastic talent.”

— Charles E. Schmidt, Jr., Founding Partner

Each year we will award (one) $1,500 scholarship to a Pennsylvania student enrolled at any accredited university or college.

All eligible candidates must complete and return the application before the specified deadline.

To qualify, applicants in Pennsylvania who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  1. Interested students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  2. Submit essay of at least 500 words (must be original); see below for topic
  3. Incomplete applications will result in a disqualification

Deadline For Applications:

December 1st, 2018.  The winning applicant will be announced on January 31st, 2019.

Essay question:

In more than 500 words, explain how the youth of today can help to positively shape the legal system in the future.

For more information and to complete the application, please visit Schmidt Kramer Annual Scholarship for Academic Excellence.


Since its inception, the AEA Educational Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to students seeking careers in the aircraft electronics and aviation maintenance industry, as well as technicians from AEA member companies.Numerous scholarships are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $35,000 each.

Apply at:

AMFA is committed to providing our members and those interested in the craft a means to research and secure the necessary licenses to maintain aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires these licenses to perform maintenance on aircraft and they are essential to our craft.  The main licenses are known as the FAA Airframe License and the FAA Powerplant License (also known as A&P). They are often called “licenses to learn,” as often in life there is ample opportunity to learn more once one begins utilizing their education.

Most of our members have already earned these licenses through training at a college, university, trade school, or while serving in the United States Military.  There are several programs available in the United States and they range from a technical school that may take 16-24 months, to an Associate’s Degree taking two years, and there are even Bachelor’s Degree options available.

Once each year, AMFA awards a scholarship to a deserving student who is working to join our craft.  It is a great opportunity and the Association is proud to offer it.  Recent recipients have come from PIA, Tulsa Technical Center, Embry-Riddle Aeronatical University, and Spartan College of Aeronautics. We are currently accepting applications for our 2018 scholarship

AMFA National will be awarding two (2) $2500 scholarships for 2018. Please click below for more details.

2018 Scholarship Application

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires education institutions to develop and comply with a code of conduct that prohibits conflicts of interest for financial aid personnel.  Any PIA officer, employee, or agent who has responsibilities with respect to student educational loans must comply with this code of conduct.  The following provisions bring Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA)  into compliance with the federal law.

1. Neither PIA as an institution nor any individual officer, employee or agent shall enter into any revenue-sharing arrangements with any lender.  A revenue-sharing arrangement means an arrangement between PIA and a lender under which the lender provides or issues loans to students attending PIA or to the families such students; and PIA recommends the lender or the loan products of the lender and in exchange, the lender pays a fee or provides other material benefits, including revenue or profit sharing, to PIA or its agent.

2. No officer or employee of PIA who is employed in the financial aid office or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to educational loans, or agent who has responsibilities with respect to educational loans, or any of their family members, shall solicit or accept any gift from a lender, guarantor, or service of education loans.  For purpose of this prohibition, the term “gift” means any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan or other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimus amount.

3. An officer or employee of PIA who is employed in the financial aid office or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans, or an agent who has responsibilities with respect to education loans, shall not accept from any lender or affiliate of any lender any fee, payment, or other financial benefit (including the opportunity to purchase stock) as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or other contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.

4. PIA shall not: a) for any first-time borrower, assign, through award packaging or other methods, the borrower’s loan to a particular lender; or b) refuse to certify, or delay certifications of, any loan based on the borrower’s selection of a particular lender or guaranty agency.

5. PIA shall not request or accept from any lender any offer or funds or be used for private education loans, including funds for an opportunity pool loan, to students in exchange for the institution providing concessions or promises regarding providing the lender with: a) a specified number of private educational loans (non-Title IV loans) or loans made, insured, or guaranteed under Title IV; b) a specified loan volume of such loans; or c) a preferred lender arrangement for such loans.

6. PIA shall not request or accept from any lender any assistance with call center staffing or financial aid office staffing.

7. Any employee who is employed in the financial aid office, or who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans or other student financial aid, and who serves on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, shall be prohibited from receiving anything of value from the lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, except that the employee may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in serving on such advisory board, commission, or group.