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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

Scholarship Opportunity: Aviation Council of Pennsylvania

The Aviation Council of Pennsylvania is offering a scholarship to assist applicants in their attainment of their aviation career…

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Scholarship Opportunity: Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach

PIA Myrtle Beach is honored to have received the support of The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach, who is…

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Instructor Award: William Ogle

Congratulations to Instructor William Ogle, of PIA Youngstown, for his reciept of the Airbus Helicopters Airframe Field Maintenance Course. …

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Scholarship Winner: David Lutz

PIA would like to congratulate David Lutz of PIA Pittsburgh for his receipt of the 2019 United Airlines Aviation…

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Scholarship Winner: Abbagail Coates

Congratulations to Abbagail Coates, of PIA Pittsburgh, for her recent award from the Northrop Rice Foundation. Coates received one…

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Scholarship Winner: Aaron Tate

Congratulations to Aaron Tate, of PIA Pittsburgh, for his recent scholarship award from the Northrop Rice Foundation. Tate received…

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Scholarship Winner: Sheldon Wilmot

Congratulations to Sheldon Wilmot, of PIA Hagerstown, for his recent scholarship award from the Northrop Rice Foundation.  Wilmot received…

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Scholarship Winner: Grant Armstrong

PIA would like to congratulate Grant Armstrong of PIA Hagerstown for his receipt of the 2019 United Airlines Aviation…

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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 2016-2017, 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 Blake Rubin Scholarship was created with our future leaders in mind. Blake Rubin wants to help our future generations get the education that they need to have their dream careers.

Full details on how to apply for the Blake Rubin Scholarship can be found below:

Scholarship Amount



To be eligible for the $1200 Blake Rubin Scholarship you must fall into one of the following categories:
1.Current high school senior who has already been accepted into college
2.Current college/university student that hasn’t reached their final year


To apply for this $1200 scholarship you must submit a 500-word essay answering the following question:

“Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?”

Submission Deadline

November 1, 2019

Winner Selection

A winner will be selected and contacted in December 2019. The winner will have 2 weeks to respond before a winner up is selected. Once the winner’s information is verified Blake Rubin will submit the $1200 scholarship directly to the winner’s financial aid department.


Once you have written your 500-word essay fill out this form completely. By submitting the form you’re giving Blake Rubin and his employees permission to use your information for advertorial and promotional purposes.

The Aviation Council of Pennsylvania is offering a scholarship to assist applicants in their attainment of their aviation career goals.  Scholarship award levels range from $500 to $1,000 per scholarship.

Scholarships are available in the following categories:

AVIATION TECHNOLOGY – Includes airframe and powerplant maintenance, avionics, and aerospace engineering
AVIATION MANAGEMENT (the Wilfred M. “Wiley” Post Scholarship) – Includes management of airlines, airports, FBOs, flight schools, and air traffic control
PROFESSIONAL PILOT (the John W. “Reds” Macfarlane and the Arnold Palmer Scholarships) – Includes training for career opportunities related to actually flying aircraft

Eligibility: Applicants must be Pennsylvania residents. Applicants may attend school outside of Pennsylvania. Applicant may be enrolled in any of the following: a two- or four-year college program, a master’s degree program, a flight training program, or an aviation technology program. Applicants for the Professional Pilot Scholarship shall hold at least a Student Pilot Certificate and have soloed an aircraft.

Applications for the scholarship must be received or postmarked by July 8, 2019.  For full scholarship details, please visit the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania website.  Please review the scholarship application and requirements here.

In the memory of an exemplary aviation educator, the Paul A. Whelan Scholarship was initiated by his family under the auspices of the University Aviation Association (UAA). The Paul A. Whelan Scholarship Fund supports men and women pursuing a future in aviation and/or space-related fields. The scholarship will provide opportunities to emerging aviation professionals to achieve their academic goals and contribute their talents to the aviation industry.

In order to be considered for the scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • U. S. Citizen
  • Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate Student
  • Must be enrolled at a University Aviation Association member institution in an aviation or space-related major. Community College, college and university applicants encouraged.
  • 2.5 overall GPA and 3.0 GPA in Aviation Major coursework.
  • Demonstrates a love of aviation.
  • Demonstrates leadership.
  • Demonstrates extracurricular involvement/community involvement.

Applications should be submitted no later than June 30, 2019.  For complete eligibility and scholarship requirements, please review the Paul A. Whelan Aviation Scholarship Application.

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach has provided a $2,000 award per year to support one student enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program.  They have graciously donated the award to honor the memory General Robert H. Reed.  This scholarship will be awarded to a student in the Fall 1st semester and applied upon successful completion of the 1st semester.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship students must:

  1. Be a new student enrolled full-time in the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program at PIA’s Myrtle Beach campus.
  2. Bea resident of Horry County, South Carolina
  3. Have a High School GPA of 3.0 or higher
  4. Demonstrate financial need (FAFSA must be completed)
  5. Student will need to attend one Rotary meeting for scholarship presentation

In addition to the application, please submit a separate 250 word (maximum) essay answering the following question: “General Reed was someone who had a successful military aviation career and at the same time was highly involved in his community.  How do you see success and community involvement in your life once you complete PIA and receive your A&P certification?”  All applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee.  The recipient will be notified in writing by the Scholarship Committee.

For full scholarship details, please review the General Robert H. Reed Memorial Scholarship Application.  Deadline for Application is August 15, 2019.

At Protoly, we help executives and leaders to find the right coaches to reach their goals. Whether it is to better manage their time or build their teams, Protoly strives to find the perfect executive coach for each individual. We recognize that organizing goals are integral to growth and personal development, and having a coach to guide this process results in great success.

Throughout life, people that encourage us can come in various forms – a teacher, religious leader, parent, or an athletic coach. With this in mind, we have created a scholarship for an undergraduate student that best articulates how they were motivated to achieve their goals by their own personal coach.

Scholarship Amount


  • All applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the semester they are applying to receive the scholarship.
  • Applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA.
  • Domestic, international, and undocumented students may apply.
  • Students attending online universities are welcome to apply.

Application Details

  • Please write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay answering the following questions:
    • Tell us about an individual such as a teacher, coach, or religious leader that has made an impact on your life.
    • How did this person improve your life?
    • What goals did this individual help you achieve?
    • How will you use advice given by this person to help someone in the future?
  • Submit proof of enrollment or an acceptance letter in an accredited university. We will accept a recent transcript, acceptance letter, or tuition bill. Please note if you are in the process of applying for colleges and universities, please indicate your current school and submit a document with the schools you have currently applied to. If you are selected for the scholarship, we will ask you to provide proof of enrollment for your college or university at that time.
  • Please submit The Protoly Scholarship form.

The deadline for the scholarship is February 1, 2020.  For full details regarding the scholarship, please visit the Protoly Website.

Office Chairs Unlimited is offering a $2,000 scholarship for one undergraduate student.  The deadline for the scholarship is July 15th, 2019. Interested applicants must:

  • Submit a 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?
  • Hate essays? Create a 1-2 minute video instead. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo). Please note that the quality of the video will not be a ranking factor, only the content of the video will be considered.
  • Provide proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university. A transcript, tuition receipt, or acceptance letter will be accepted.
  • Complete and submit the scholarship form.

For full scholarship details, please click here.

First Place Windows if offering an annual scholarship for students that are actively working to reduce their carbon footprint. The $1,000 scholarship award was created to encourage students to think about their impact on the environment and how they can work to change it.

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Full details regarding rules and how to apply can be found here.

The South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) scholarship program will provide limited assistance for South Carolina students who wish to pursue a career in the aviation industry.

The objective of the scholarship fund is to promote the aviation industry in South Carolina. Scholarship funds will be provided up to a maximum of $500 for one semester of tuition and books. Funds will be paid to the institution for tuition and books only.

For full details on the scholarship and how to apply, please visit the SCAA Wesbite.

The team at Mason Finance is driven to create financial security for the growing group of seniors in our country. With this mindset, we recognize how important extra financial assistance can be to students as well. We are offering a scholarship opportunity to one dedicated undergraduate student who can display knowledge and writing skills in an essay surrounding senior financial tools such as life settlements, viatical settlements and annuities as well as modern technology.

Scholarship details

Scholarship Amount: $1,000

Application Deadline:

  • All applications must be submitted by September 15, 2019. A winner will be selected and notified by October 1, 2019.


  • All applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited college or university for the semester they are applying to receive the scholarship.
  • Applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA.
  • Domestic, international, and undocumented students may apply.

Application details

  • Today, nearly half of those 65 years and older are economically insecure and will run out of money during their retirements. At the same time, seniors are losing approximately $110B a year due to lapsing life insurance policies. The reason is that nearly 90% of seniors are unaware that you can sell your life insurance policy.
    • Please write a 1000 word essay that reflects on the above information and answers the following questions:
      • Many seniors fall into financial difficulties through no fault of their own. What reasons do you think factor into this problem?
      • When considering the finances of those already retired, how do you think new technology can help them gain access to historically hard to reach retirement services such as a life settlement, viatical settlement or annuity?
      • Keeping in mind seniors are less likely to feel comfortable using technology and less trusting of the internet, how do you think modern companies can best manage that balance?
  • Please provide proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university. A transcript, tuition receipt, or acceptance letter will be accepted.
  • Please complete the form with the following information to apply: The Mason Finance Life Settlement Awareness 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 answering above questions.  Please submit as .pdf or .doc
    • Confirmation and acceptance of terms and conditions

For full details on the scholarship, please visit Mason Finance.


Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics students are eligible to apply for a $3,000.00 annual scholarship.

Olive’s publication’s mission is to increase financial literacy among individuals under 30. One way we’d like to continue in that direction is to help students alleviate overwhelming amounts of student loans.

In order for a student to qualify, they must be currently enrolled with PIA – Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and be able to demonstrate financial need.

Scholarship Details:

-Deadline: September 1st, 2019

-Winner Selection Date: September 15th, 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in post-secondary education at an accredited institution in the United States;
  • Has student loans with accounts in good standing (not behind on payments, if any);
  • Individuals born in 1988 or later.

How to qualify:

Write a 1,000 word persuasive essay on one of the following questions:

  • Is the status quo growing of national, state and municipal debt (bond issues) sustainable in the long-run?
  • What level of wealth inequality, if any, is appropriate in a free society?
  • What is the most important habit a young personal should develop to secure their financial future?

The winning essay will be based on quality: Use of descriptive language, citation and authority, clarity, logical flow and courage of your position (we encourage students to take “non-politically correct” positions if they can make strong persuasive arguments for them)

Please send your essay, as a PDF file, to

For full details on the scholarship and entry requirements, please visit The Olive Branch Scholarship Website.

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.