PIA’s Financial Aid office is available to assist students and families with the process of applying for financial aid.  If you have questions or concerns about paying for your education, contact our Financial Aid Department at financialaid@pia.edu or call 800-444-1440.

Important Financial Aid Steps

Financial aid may be available to eligible students and their families.

  1. Apply for aid. Start with the FAFSA. Our School Code is 005310
  2. Review your estimated financial aid. PIA compiles your financial aid offer letter with the maximum aid you are eligible for at that time. Understand each type of aid in your offer letter
  3. Accept what you want from your offer. Decide what aid you wish to accept and do the paperwork to make it official.
  4. Attend every class on your schedule. You must be making satisfactory academic progress to maintain your eligibility for many types of aid. Progress includes attendance and grades.
  5. Get help as early as possible if you are having trouble with your classes. Talk to your advisor and the Office of Financial Aid before withdrawing from classes.
  6. Keep track of your aid for each payment period and plan ahead. We’ve collected links to resources that can help you manage your money, such as a loan-payment simulator, information on deferments, information on finances after graduation, and more.

COST OF ATTENDANCE

Tuition, Fees, and Cost of Attendance may vary campus to campus. Choose the appropriate campus below to review the Cost of Attendance for your campus.

Professional Judgement

PIA understands that sometimes a student or family may face an extenuating circumstance that may impact financial need. In these scenarios, the US Department of Education allows us to potentially exercise professional judgment through a Request for Special Consideration or a Dependency Override.

Financial aid is determined using a federal calculation called Federal Methodology. While this calculation is the same for all students who apply for financial aid, PIA realizes that students and their families sometimes experience changes to their household finances after the FAFSA has been filed. We can re-consider financial aid for certain extenuating circumstances. Typical reasons include:

• Job Loss
• Change in employment Status
• Divorce
• Death of a parent of spouse
• Unusually high medical expenses

Please note, requests due to credit card debt, loan debt or bankruptcy, would not warrant a special consideration adjustment.

The Financial Aid Office will review each request on an individual basis to determine if professional judgment should be utilized to recalculate financial need. We cannot guarantee an increase to the financial aid award(s), however, we do intend to be fair and timely with each case that is reviewed. The review process will generally take 2-4 weeks to complete.

Please choose the Request for Special Consideration Form form for the appropriate year.

2023-2024 Request for Special Consideration Form

The Federal methodology used to determine aid eligibility assumes that the primary responsibility to assist a dependent student with their educational expenses lies with their parent(s). If a student does not meet the criteria outlined on the FAFSA to make them independent but faces an extenuating family circumstance that results in no parental contact, the student can submit for a Dependency Override request.

According to Federal regulation, the following conditions DO NOT merit a dependency override:

1. Parents refusal to contribute to the student’s education
2. Parents unwillingness to provide information on the application or for verification
3. Parents not claiming the student as a dependent for income tax purposes
4. Student demonstrating total self-sufficiency

If you believe your extenuating circumstance warrants a dependency review, you must submit a separate letter explaining your situation, the form below, and  letters from a professional source (ex. school administrator, attorney, case worker, police officer, etc.) supporting your claim, and any other documentation you feel would assist the financial aid office in reviewing your case. Once submitted, the Financial Aid Office will determine your dependency status.

Please choose the Dependency Override Form for the appropriate year.

2023-2024 Dependency Override Form

HELPFUL RESOURCES

FINANCIAL AID
REPRESENTATIVES

General Financial Aid Questions

Jessica Dilorenzo, Director of Financial Aid

Pittsburgh and Myrtle Beach Campuses

Tammy Ward, Financial Aid Advisor

Hagerstown and Youngstown Campuses

Kaylee Morgan, Financial Aid Advisor

Veteran Education Benefits for all Campuses

J Holt, Associate Director of Financial Aid/VA Certifying Official

POLICIES

Students who receive grants, scholarships, and loans awards must satisfy minimum academic requirements in order to continue to qualify for these awards. These requirements vary depending on the type of award. Below are the various policies for each specific group. If you have multiple awards, you need to review each policy to ensure you are meeting all requirements.

Students who receive grants, scholarships, and loans  awards must satisfy minimum academic requirements in order to continue to qualify for these awards. These requirements vary depending on the type of award.

Federal financial aid includes Federal Stafford and PLUS Loans, Federal Pell Grants.  Students receiving any of these awards must meet the standards each term as described in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy within the Campus Catalog & Handbook.

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency requires that both full-time and part-time grant recipients make academic progress at the conclusion of each academic year. If a student does not meet the academic progress requirements, he or she will be ineligible for a PA state grant for their next term(s) of enrollment.

For more information about the PA State Grant Program, please click here.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics does not participate in any preferred lender arrangements or preferred lender lists for private loans. Students have the right and ability to use the lender of their choice for their private loan.

A tuition adjustment policy has been established for those students who process a withdrawal from PIA. Adjustments are for tuition charges only; fees are not adjusted.  All financial aid recipients receiving Title IV federal financial aid will be subject to the Title IV Refund Calculation. Click here to view the policy in the Campus Catalog & Handbook.

An overaward occurs when a student receives more aid than what they were entitled to receive under Federal, state and/or institutional policy. This can occur for a variety of reasons. If an overaward occurs, aid will be adjusted accordingly. The student will receive an email to their PIA email address indicating that there has been a change made to their financial aid eligibility. PIA will collect the overpayment from the student via our standard billing and collection method. In certain situations, it may be necessary to report the overpayment to the National Student Loan Data System until it has been resolved.

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.

PIA FUNDING PROGRAMS

PIA Memorial Scholarship

10 Memorial Scholarships are awarded each year in the amount of $2,000 each.

Offered at all campuses.

This scholarship is funded by private donors and annual fundraising events.

PIA Institutional Match Grant

Institutional Match Grant awards available each year limited to up to $1,000 per term.

Offered at all campuses.

Awards are applied to the recipient’s tuition account for the term.

Additional Student Information

PIA provides a list of properties that have been used by PIA students in the past as well as several new listings. You can access the housing list for each campus below:

Pittsburgh
Hagerstown
Myrtle Beach
Youngstown

PIA provides access to a counseling service that is free to all students: Washington EAP Services. To discover the resources available, contact the service directly by calling 1-800-EAP-LINK (1-800-327-5465) or visit their website. These services are available at every branch of PIA.

Once you are enrolled at PIA (or afterward upon request), you can give PIA written permission for a third party to inquire about your academic progress and attendance. This written permission is necessary due to the regulations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

TAKE THE NEXT STEPS TOWARD FINDING YOUR PURPOSE

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) is committed to using the Principles & Standards of the College Cost Transparency Initiative in its student financial aid offer.