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 Financialaid@pia.edu 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.
- Federal Pell Grant. Students may be eligible for the Pell Grant regardless of their state of residency.
- Pennsylvania State Grant offered by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). Students must be a PA resident attending the Pittsburgh Campus.
- Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans
- Direct Parent PLUS Loans
- Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
- PA CareerLink (PA TAA/TRA funding programs)
- Private Undergraduate Education Loans
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.
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 www.fafsa.gov 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 www.studentloans.gov.
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 www.studentloans.gov.
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.
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.
- Go to www.irs.gov
- 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)
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.
The program launches on Monday, April 2, 2018, and the deadline to submit applications is Monday, June 4, 2018.
If you think you’ve got what it takes, there are some hoops to jump through. Here are a few of them that set us apart from other programs:
- The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge must be signed by ALL applicants. S.W.E.A.T stands for, “Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo.” Basically, you’re signing a solemn oath not to become a lazy, self-entitled drone who blames others for their troubles and expects to be taken care of. Fair warning: this Pledge is not for everyone; so if you’re offended or threatened by its content, it’s probably best to seek out a different pile of free money.
- We’ll need to see at least two solid references. No, Mom doesn’t count; we know she loves you. We only accept references from a boss, superior, teacher, or someone you have reported to who will gush about you in a way that will knock our socks off. But we’ll accept more than two references; if more than two people want to sing your praises, send them on.
- You’ll need to write an essay and answer a few short questions. Your essay is a chance to make the case for why YOU should get some of the free money. Tell us about yourself. Why are you drawn to the skilled trades? Why do you deserve to receive an award? Let us know any accomplishments or anything you do that shows that you believe in the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge. For example, do you volunteer, or were you an Eagle Scout? Do you put in extra hours helping other students or mentoring kids? What else do you do that sets you apart from all the other applicants? Make your case, and be persuasive.
- While we don’t require attendance records, if you can get them, we’d love to see them. Showing up counts.
- You’ll need to make a video of yourself. Consider it the audiovisual version of your essay. We’re not talking about a Spielberg feature film here – just a short iPhone video where you make a case for yourself. There are rules on submitting a video so be sure to read those carefully and comply, or the video may not be considered.
Bottom line – Work Ethic Scholarships are for people who are hungry to learn a skill that’s in demand—it’s for the people who wake up early, stay late, and bust their ass day in and day out. Naturally, people like this are hard to find, but they’re out there.
Click here to register and apply for the scholarship, and get detailed requirements. Enter the program key MRW when prompted. For questions about this year’s scholarship program, email mikeroweWORKS@apply.ISTS.com.
The Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship was established through the University Aviation Association to encourage others to reach the highest level of achievement in their aviation studies. It is bestowed upon those who demonstrate a commitment and devotion to aviation in the tradition of Joseph Frasca.
- Evidence of excellence in activities, studies, events, organizations, etc., related to aviation.
- Minimum of a 3.0 overall grade point average.
- Federal Aviation Administration certification/qualifications in either aviation maintenance or
- Membership in at least one Aviation organization such as Alpha Eta Rho, NIFA Flying Team, Experimental Aircraft Association, Warbirds of America, etc.
- Involvement in Aviation activities, projects, events, etc., which will demonstrate an interest and an enthusiasm for aviation.
- Must be a junior or senior currently enrolled in a University Aviation Association (UAA) member institution. If you cannot obtain your UAA member institution number locally, please call UAA at (901) 563-0505 or email them at email@example.com .
- Completed application form, essay and letter of reference.
- Demonstrated interest or experience in aviation simulation.
- Demonstrated interest or experience in aircraft restoration.
- Demonstrated interest or experience in aerobatics.
- Work experience in aviation.
- Work experience while in school.
- Financial need.
Deadline for entry is April 21st, 2018. For full details on the scholarship and entry requirements, please visit the University Aviation Association Website.
Joybird is offering a scholarship to high school seniors and freshman, sophomore, or junior students in a college or trade school. Entrants are asked to snap a photo of their home study spots and share it to Instagram. Include an explanation of your picture, tag @joybird, and use the hashtag #eyefordesignscholarship2017 to enter your photo.
Submissions for the scholarship must be received by midnight on July 31st, 2018. For full details on the scholarship and how to apply, please click here.
Corban OneSource is one of the oldest, privately owned mid-market Human Resource Outsourcing companies in the United States. We have developed our successful and time tested best practices over decades and leverage them to benefit our clients in every way possible.
About Our Scholarship
As a team at Corban OneSource, we strive everyday to remember our core values – giving, respectful, accountable, client focused, and encouraging. With these values in mind, we have established an annual scholarship to award a deserving undergraduate student with $1000 for their education.
To apply, you must be:
- a high school senior that has been accepted to an accredited university or
- a current undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited university.
- Please write a 1500-2000 word essay about your own personal values. How were these values instilled in you? How do you live out these values daily? Why do you think that these values are important?
- Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university. We will accept a transcript, tuition bill, or acceptance letter.
The deadline to apply for the scholarship is July 15, 2018. A winner will be announced on August 1, 2018.
Please complete the following form to submit your application – The Corban OneSource Scholarship Application
For full details of the scholarship requirements and policies, please visit the Corbon OneSource Scholarship website.
Outdoorsy has two scholarship opportunities available, with bi-annual deadlines of February 28th, 2018 and August 31st, 2018.
To apply, create an engaging essay answering: WHAT MAKES A GREAT ROADTRIP?
Chosen essays will be featured on the Never Idle blog and showcased on our travel destination pages.
To be eligible for the Spring deadline, applications must be submitted by 11:59PM February 28th, 2018.
To be eligible for the Fall deadline, scholarships must be submitted by 11:59PM August 31st, 2018.
Submitting your essay
All entries must be entered through the official Outdoorsy submission form. No paper or hard copy submissions will be accepted. All essays must be written in English. Personal information submitted will be used solely for the use of awarding the scholarship and will not be used for any other function.
Applicant must be least 18 years old who will be attending an accredited university or college in the next academic year. Undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible. International students are also invited to apply.
For full scholarship details and submission requirements, please visit Outdoorsy.
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
All application components must be submitted by July 15, 2018. A winner will be selected and notified by August 1, 2018.
Full scholarship details and requirements can be found here.
In memory of John Graham III, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) is offering a $1,000 scholarship funded by Ms. Cynda Wilmesher.
To be eligible to apply for the scholarships, students must:
- Be enrolled full-time in an Associate in Specialized Technology degree program at the main campus or an Aviation Maintenance Technology program at one of our branch campuses, and
- Have completed at least one academic quarter/semester at PIA as of the scholarship deadline.
Completed applications must be submitted or postmarked by April 1, 2018.
*Additional eligibility requirements and submission instructions are included on the application form.
AEA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
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.
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.”
Aviation Maintenance Graduate
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.