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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

Molitoris Leadership Scholarship

Part of the WTS goal of fostering the development of women in the transportation field can be realized by... read more

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... read more

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... read more

Instructor Award: William Ogle

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

Scholarship Winner: David Lutz

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

Scholarship Winner: Abbagail Coates

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

Scholarship Winner: Aaron Tate

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

Scholarship Winner: Sheldon Wilmot

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

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.

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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Since 1984, the Horatio Alger Association has awarded over $175 million in college scholarships to deserving students.  Through nationally recognized educational programs, the Association reaches out directly to our nation's young people with a message of hope, opportunity, responsibility, and perseverance.  We are proud to continue providing support for students seeking to pursue career or technical education in a post-secondary environment.  This program provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.Career & Technical Scholarship Eligibilty Criteria:
  • Have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential)
  • Will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2019
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to 2 years) at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen
For full application details, visit the Horatio Alger Association site.
Part of the WTS goal of fostering the development of women in the transportation field can be realized by encouraging bright new professionals to undertake careers in the area of transportation. The WTS Molitoris Leadership Scholarship is awarded to women pursuing undergraduate studies in transportation or a related field who demonstrate leadership skills, ability, and interest.The purpose of the WTS Molitoris Leadership Scholarship is to motivate and reward women who demonstrate leadership in the transportation industry. The leadership, skills, and perspectives of women are essential to assure that the transportation systems of the future respond to the needs of all. Leadership does not just happen. Leaders personally invest and risk much. They must take on struggles that many would avoid and persevere to reach successful outcomes. These qualities should receive special attention in the selection of the award winner.The Pittsburgh Chapter of WTS is accepting applications for the Molitoris Leadership Scholarship from Pennsylvania students (either attending school or permanently residing in Western Pennsylvania, or both).  The Pittsburgh Chapter recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship and her application will be forwarded for consideration for the national-level scholarship of $5,000.In order to qualify for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:-GPA of 3.0 or higher.-Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in a transportation-related field, such as transportation engineering, planning, finance, or logistics.-Plans to pursue a career in a transportation-related field.- Applicants for the Molitoris Leadership Scholarship must specifically address the issue of leadership on their personal statement.Please review the application in full for details and submission requirements.
WTS fosters the development of women in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals to undertake careers in the area of transportation. One way it does this is by awarding the WTS Sharon D. Banks Memorial Scholarship to women pursuing undergraduate studies in transportation or a related field.The scholarship honors Sharon D. Banks, chief executive officer of AC Transit in Alameda-Contra Costa County, California. As its CEO throughout most of the 1990’s, Banks led the agency in a pioneering effort to introduce cultural and organizational changes aimed at motivating the public transit workforce. She was a member of the WTS Advisory Board and received the WTS San Francisco Chapter Woman of the Year and Employer of the Year awards.The Pittsburgh Chapter of WTS is accepting applications for the Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship from Pennsylvania students (either attending school or permanently residing in Western Pennsylvania, or both).  The Pittsburgh Chapter recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship and her application will be forwarded for consideration for the national-level scholarship of $5,000.In order to qualify for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:-GPA of 3.0 or higher.-Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in a transportation-related field, such as transportation engineering, planning, finance, or logistics.-Plans to pursue a career in a transportation-related field.Please review the application in full for all requirements and submission details.
Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) offers up to 20 annual scholarships to help support students studying to become part of tomorrow’s vertical aviation industry.  Two specific scholarships for PIA's curriculum are listed below.  If you want to search all of the scholarship opprontunities available through HFI, we encourage you to visit Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) ScholarshipsThis scholarship provides awards to attend a maintenance course from a selection offered by airframe and powerplant manufacturers. Up to eight scholarships may be awarded.Maintenance Technician Certificate ScholarshipsThis scholarship provides $2,500 to applicants who are in training to become aviation maintenance technicians. Applicants must already be enrolled in a maintenance technician certificate program at an FAA-approved Part 147 school or international equivalent. Up to six scholarships may be awarded.The deadline to submit applications is October 31, 2019. HFI will notify scholarship applicants by approximately December 15, 2019, of their status.All applications must be submitted by midnight EST, Oct. 31, 2019. Questions? Email
The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance's Scholarship Program supports the diverse skills required in the field of Aviation Maintenance & Technology.
One $5000 scholarship to be awarded to a female student in a trade, technical, college or university education system pursuing a license or degree in an aviation manufacturing related field.Requirements:• Applicants must be a student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher • Applicants must be in at least their second year of schooling • Applicants must include a short essay (250 words) on their career aspirations and how they promote and exhibit behaviors that promote a safe, positive, productive and inclusive manufacturing work placePlease be sure to review detailed information regarding submission, as well as other scholarship opportunities.
KompareIt works every day to assist consumers in finding the right service for their home or business. We believe in the fundamentals of a strong home and family. We understand that losing a parent or guardian is an incredibly painful experience and it has a huge impact on the home and family. We believe students that are in this position deserve an extra push in helping them with their education, which we’d like to gift via a scholarship towards their educational expenses.
Scholarship Amount:  $1,000EligibilityAll applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited US college or university for the semester that they are applying to receive the scholarship.
  • Applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA.
  • Applicants are not required to have a specific major.
  • Domestic, international, and undocumented students may apply.
  • Students attending online universities are welcome to apply.
Required Application Details
  • Please write a 1,000-word essay answering the following questions:
    • What are your goals for your education and the future?
    • What motivates you to continue your education?
    • How do you plan to use your education to assist those in need?
  • Please submit proof of enrollment or an acceptance letter in an accredited learning institution. 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.
For application instructions and full details pertaining to this scholasrship, click here.
The Bonsai Finance Veteran’s Scholarship celebrates veteran and dependent students who strive for excellence in their lives. The scholarship provides a one-time payment of $1,000 for current or future education costs.  To apply for the Bonsai Finance Veteran’s Scholarship, submit a short essay responding to the question: "In 500 words or fewer, please tell us how you strive for excellence in your life. What are the accomplishments of which you are most proud? What challenges did you overcome to achieve what you have?". Scholarship decisions are based solely on an applicant’s essay response.  Winners will be required to provide proof of status as a Veteran or dependent.
Applicants must:
  • Be a veteran or active duty member of the U.S. Military service, or a direct dependent (i.e., son, daughter, spouse)
  • Be a high school senior, high school graduate, or registered as an undergraduate student at an accredited college or post high school vocational/technical institution.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Not have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from a college or university.
Deadline: September 28th, 2019
The scholarship application and full details can be found here.
Privacy Policy: We will not sell, share, or distribute the information you submit with your scholarship application to any third parties. The information students submit will be used only for determining the scholarship recipient and deleted after the selection period.
There is a widening skills gap, yet high demand for highly-skilled and well-trained workers among various trades. However, a recent BigRentz survey revealed there is an inaccurate view of trade schools and the earning potential of a skilled trade.
As an advocate of vocational education and to promote the advantages of a skilled trade, BigRentz is pleased to offer $10,000 in scholarships to students pursuing a career in skilled trades.BigRentz will award $5,000 to two students to help cover educational expenses for a student currently pursuing (or who is planning to pursue) vocational training. Below you will learn how to enter the contest as well as the scholarship rules.
How to Apply:
Please follow each of the following three steps to complete your application:1. Essay SubmissionEssay submissions must be 750-1500 words in length and include a title page with all of the following:
  • Your Name
  • Contact information (phone, email, mailing address)
  • The name, address, and contact details of your school
  • Your current grade level (e.g., Junior, Senior)
  • Trade certification you are working towards
Essay Topic:Embarking in a skilled trade requires hard work and dedication. Describe someone in your life that has inspired you with their strong work ethic, and how that has influenced you in choosing a career requiring a skilled trade.2. Student Questionnaire:All scholarships applicants are required to complete the following survey to be eligible for the award.Questionnaire answers will not be used for consideration when selecting a winner. These answers are strictly for our research, and all personal information will be kept confidential and separate from your application.
3. Completing Your Submission:Once your essay is ready, please email the essay and title page in a PDF format to Please make your subject line “Trade School Scholarship Application for Firstname Lastname”. Please name your PDF file as “Lastname_Firstname_TradeSchool”.Rules:All essays must be received by December 9,2019 deadline by 11:59 PM EDT. Essays received after this date will not be considered.The winner will be announced on December 16th, 2019.Qualifications:
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Currently be pursuing, or plan to pursue, a skilled trade requiring admission to a trade school.
  • You may be a senior in high school, an undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate student to be eligible.
  • Each student may write each essay topic once. Multiple entries for the same essay topic will be disregarded.
  • All essays must be unique. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Employees of BigRentz and their immediate family are not eligible.
  • All entries belong to BigRentz. BigRentz will have the exclusive right to republish any winning submission along with the name of the author.
  • The winner is solely responsible for any federal, states, or local taxes.
  • All prizes are paid in USD.
  • The decision of BigRentz regarding the contest results and the winner is final.
Questions? Email
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$1200EligibilityTo 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 yearGuidelinesTo 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 DeadlineNovember 1, 2019Winner SelectionA 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.ApplicationOnce 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 aircraftEligibility: 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.

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.