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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.

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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.

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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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Choose Aerospace will provide $25,000 worth of scholarships, textbooks, training systems, and testing fee credits to educators and future aviators. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2020.Scholarship donors include the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA), Nida Corporation, AVOTEK, Aircraft Technical Book Company and CertTEC. Choose Aerospace will also provide an award funded by the organization’s founding steering committee members: United Airlines, Piedmont Airlines, Envoy Air, AAR, PSA Airlines, AVOTEK, Aviation Technical Services, ASA, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, ARSA, the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance, and the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC).Eligible applicants must be enrolled at or teach in an aviation technical program. ATEC membership is not required but is a top consideration for the review committee when selecting award recipients.Visit Choose Aerospace for full details on the application process for each scholarship. 
The University Aviation Association annually awards a $500 scholarship to applicants who are enrolled in an aviation-related curriculum at a UAA member college or university and have achieved sophomore status at the institution. Awards will be made to U.S. citizens without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.Candidate Requirements: 
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in and plan to continue a college curriculum leading to a two-year, four-year, or post-graduate degree in the field of aviation. Proof of enrollment must be provided prior to distribution of award.
  • At the time of application, the applicant must be officially enrolled in a UAA
  • member institution in an aviation-related program. Member must have completed 30 or more credit hours (or the equivalent for Sophomore status) at the UAA institution and must include the institution’s UAA number with the application. No exceptions to this criterion. Credits must have been completed and on your transcript at the time of application.
  • Applicant must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. Upon submitting a scholarship application, an unofficial transcript from the applicant’s college or university is acceptable and must be included. After an award recipient is selected, the proposed recipient will be asked to provide an official transcript prior to award distribution.
  • The completed application must be accompanied by a 250-word typed, double-spaced paper on “How Can I Improve Aviation Education”. Please be direct and focused on the topic.
  • The completed application and required documents must be RECEIVED no later than June 30th to be considered for the scholarship.
For more information on the scholarship, including submission requirements, please review the Eugene S. Kropf Scholarship Application.
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, 2020.  For complete eligibility and scholarship requirements, please review the Paul A. Whelan Aviation Scholarship Application.
The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) National Executive Council (NEC) is pleased to announce that we will be accepting applications until February 28, 2020, for two AMFA Scholarships for 2019. Scholarships will be $2500 and will be payable to each recipient’s institution of higher learning.Those who apply must be currently enrolled in a school or university to gain their Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license, be a US Citizen, and submit a 500-word essay about the importance of the FAA Hotline, ASAP, NASA ASRS, and safety reporting system as they relate to the aviation industry. The application and further information can be found on the Education page of the AMFA National website.Deadline for application is February 28, 2020.   Applications and eligibility requirements are available here or with Campus Directors (Myrtle Beach, Hagerstown, or Youngstown), or in the bookstore (Pittsburgh).
The Piedmont Airlines Tools for Success program is designed to assist a limited number of students each term by providing the use of high-quality tools for training. Students must complete the application and be accepted into the program in order to participate.  The program is available for students enrolled full time at PIA's Hagerstown or Myrtle Beach Campus.Upon submission of your application, an evaluation will take place to determine students' financial need, academic records, level of involvement in school/work/extracurricular activities, and overall quality of short essays submitted.  Finalists will be required to interview with the Scholarship Selection Committee to determine recipients of the award.Students selected to participate in the program should note that while this program offers the opportunity to utilize tools provided by Piedmont Airlines, there are still tools that must be acquired independently by the student to successfully complete the Aviation Maintenance Technology program.  Students should also be aware that aviation companies may require new employees to own tool kits equipped to their specifications.  It is highly recommended, should you be chosen to participate in this program, that you begin the process of acquiring or saving for tools that you would be expected to own during your enrollment at PIA.An application for the program, as well as full program details, can be found here.  Additional questions can be directed to your Campus Director.
PAMA provides scholarships and awards to aviation maintenance professionals. The application deadline for all scholarships is March 15. Recipients will be announced at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition awards ceremony, taking place in conjunction with MRO Americas on April 30, 2020.Eligibility requirements are as follows unless otherwise indicated in specific award descriptions, below: Scholarship applications must include:
  • A current or most recent transcript,
  • Two letters of recommendation from an employer, educator and/or mentor
  • A minimum 250-word essay on career ambitions
PAMA membership is not required, but will be considered by the review committee when selecting scholarship recipients. ​​ The number of awards available is dependent on funds received. For more information on supporting the maintenance professional awards and scholarships, email or contact PAMA scholarship chair Ron Zilberbrand.Two scholarship opportunities are available.  The Future AMT Professional Award, provided by PistonPower by AEPC, and the Aviation Mechanic Student Award, provided by For full details on application requirements and eligibility, please visit the PAMA website is an online service to homeowners specializing in cost guides to help users compare prices on most home improvement services. From home windows, to roofs, or kitchen remodeling, we cover nearly every type of contractor solution.For this reason, we’re pleased to announce the 2020 scholarship program. We know that affording continued education can be costly, which is why we set up our program to help offset the cost of attending. We will distribute $1,000 in annual awards.How to Apply:
  • Write an essay of 400+ words on the topic of “What Consumers Should Look For in a Home in Improvement Company”.
  • You will be required to publish the post online publicly. This can be a student blog on your university website, your own personal website, or a blog platform like,, or something similar.
  • Include at least 2 links that cite authoritative sources on consumer protection or home improvement, including 1 link to
  • When complete, email us at Send your full name, college/university name, and address, and proof of enrollment. MAKE SURE to send us the url/link where your public post is listed.
The deadline to enter is May 30, 2020.  For eligibility requirements and additional information, please visit
The Connell Aviation Group, alongside the Connell Family, will award one $1,000 scholarship to a student currently training in any of the following:
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician Program (A&P),
  • Advanced Aviation Maintenance Program (IA),
  • Flight Training resulting in PPL, IFR, MEL, CPL, CFI or CFII
Candidates will be evaluated on personal drive and dedication to the aviation industry and passion for pursuing excellence in your career. Scholarship will be awarded on or around June 23, 2020, with special recognition at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020.For scholarship details and submission, please click here.

Why the Earnest Scholarship Exists

At Earnest, we believe the fundamental role of lenders is to help people realize their hopes and dreams. This is why we have built best in class student loan refinance, private student loan, and personal loan products.  And since our founding in 2013, we’ve combined better data, design, and service to bring people a fast, affordable, and personalized financial experience. We know how confusing and expensive education financing can be, so we’ve created a scholarship to award five college students who best articulate how their college education will enable their dreams.

Scholarship Amount

$5,000 each to 5 winning applicants


  • All applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited U.S. 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

  • An 800 to 1,000-word essay answering one of the following questions: •How will your college education help you achieve your goals?
  • How has your education contributed to who you are today?
  • Proof of enrollment or an acceptance letter to 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.
  • Completion of the Earnest Scholarship form.

Two $1,000 scholarships in the Fall and one $1,000 scholarship in the Spring.

Application Deadlines

For Spring 2020 Semester: applications are due by October 31, 2019

For Fall 2020 Semester: applications are due by June 30, 2020

Applicants chosen will be notified:

For Spring 2020 Semester: we will announce the winner by November 30, 2019

For Fall 2020 Semester: we will announce winners by July 31, 2020

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be college-bound graduating high school seniors, current college students, or adult learners with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (high school or college) who are planning to enroll in an accredited college program. Applicants must also reside in a rural area and meet low-income criteria outlined on our 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.