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

“A Shot At Education” Clay Shoot Fundraiser

PIA held its 6th annual scholarship fundraising event on August 17th, 2018.  “A Shot At Education” was held at…

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Scholarship Opportunity: Work Ethic Scholarship

Calling all plumbers, carpenters, electricians, welders, auto-technicians, and anyone getting trained for skilled jobs that are in demand!For the…

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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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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.

Financial  Aid  Forms

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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Dream…Innovate…Grow – these are a few of the key beliefs and attributes on which our company has been built. Our Presidents, Tom Hosack (CEO) & Jim Saxon (COO), have often expressed the mission of our brokerage is to have our real estate agents and our corporate personnel embody these passions in pursuit of their careers and in their approach to
life. We at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty & Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services (“SPONSOR”) are looking for three (3) students who clearly embrace these ideals both personally and academically. Each recipient will receive $1,000 towards their tuition. Recipients of the scholarships are eligible for renewal
for up to four total years, provided the student maintains a cumulative 3.25 GPA; thus making the value of this scholarship
worth $4,000.

To be eligible for consideration, the nominee must:

• Be a high school senior and plan to attend a college, university or trade school in the fall of 2019.
• Have permanent resident status in Western Pennsylvania, in the counties (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria,
Clarion, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Washington, Westmoreland); and in Eastern
Ohio, in the counties (Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Holmes, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina,
Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Wayne) where Sponsor (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty &
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services) has a sales office or the counties contiguous thereto.
• Excel academically with an overall minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (based on a maximum of 4.0) or
its equivalent. The nominee shall be evaluated upon all academic work completed through the first semester of their
senior year in high school.
• Perform with distinction in terms of leadership, volunteerism, character, and positive attitude serving as an example to
fellow students as a participant in community, charity and school related activities. The amount of participation shall
be weighted equally with the degree of academic performance.
• Signify the intention to continue academic work beyond the high school level.
• Be accepted as a full-time student at a college, university, or trade school for the upcoming fall semester. For the
purpose of this scholarship, “full-time student” shall be defined as a student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, or the
equivalent, in a school term.

The deadline for application March 1, 2019.  For full details and scholarship application, click here.

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 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 post secondary 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

Deadline: March 1, 2019.

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, 2019. A winner will be selected and notified by August 1, 2019.

Full scholarship details and requirements can be found here.




The 2018 PIA Memorial Scholarships are now available for competition.  This year, there will be five (5) Memorial Fund Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each.

To be eligible to apply for these scholarships*, students must:

  1. Be enrolled full-time in an Associate in Specialized Technology degree program or Aviation Maintenance program at PIA or one of its 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 November 16, 2018.

Application forms are available here, or in the student bookstore.

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

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:

AWAM’s Scholarship Program supports the diverse skills required in the field of Aviation Maintenance & Technology.  AWAM began its scholarship program in 2002 with four scholarships awarded to eight recipients.

This year alone, AWAM awarded $140,000 in scholarships to 30 recipients.  With the assistance of our incredible sponsors, this program continues to grow to support our industry and the needs of the future. Scholarship opportunities are not only for initial students or women.  Many are for those already working in the field, transitioning from the military, and for men as well.

Review the information to find the scholarships that match your goals or to see how you can become an AWAM Scholarship Sponsor.  Thank you to all of our corporate and individual sponsors for another successful milestone breaking year filled with wonderful opportunities for our future aviation work force!

If you have any suggestions for new scholarships, would like to inquire about donating a scholarship, or have questions on completing your scholarship application packet,  please contact our Scholarship Chair, Stephanie Morris by email at: Scholarships


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Most high school seniors may think a Post-Secondary education is not obtainable, especially with our current economy. Students seeking careers in Aviation Maintenance or Aviation Electronics may qualify for financial assistance to alleviate some of the educational costs associated with a Post-Secondary degree.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics participates in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship as a community commitment to provide students and families of the Pittsburgh Public schools financial support. Eligible students will be awarded the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship for tuition and mandatory fees not covered by federal and state grants.

PIA trains some of the world’s finest technicians. With job opportunities around the globe, we train the next generation of skilled craftsmen within the aviation and non-aviation fields. In the same time it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree, successful PIA graduates will have earned an Associate Degree and experience on the job. We are committed to our students’ achievement in the classrooms, shops, and life. Utilizing the Pittsburgh Promise awards are intended to motivate and enable our students to focus on being successful without the stress of a financial burden.

“The Pittsburgh Promise has enabled me to fulfill my dream of becoming an Aeronautical Technician. It provided the financial support I needed. Without the Pittsburgh Promise paying for school would have been extremely difficult. Also, it alleviated some of the financial burden associated with utilizing student loans.”

Fabio Bonaventura
Aviation Maintenance Graduate
March, 2012

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.