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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 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.

Financial Aid News

SCAA Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to PIA Myrtle Beach students Christopher Beears and Joshua Hickman, recipients of the 2019 South Carolina Aviation Association... read more

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

PIA would like to encourage eligible students to submit their application for the Horatio Alger Association Scholarship.  Over 1,000... read more

“Clays for a Cause” Fundraiser

PIA held its 7th annual scholarship fundraising event on September 6th, 2019.  "Clays for a Cause" was held at... read more

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

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 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.

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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 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 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)

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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Scholarships


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

Eligibility

  • 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.

Scholarship Amount
$2000
Eligibility
All 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 600-800 word essay exploring how you’ve overcome something challenging in your life which has enabled you to be where you are today. We’d also like to hear about your passion for AI and how a scholarship will help you advance this passion.
Please submit proof of enrollment or an acceptance letter in an accredited learning institution. You can check your school is accredited by clicking here.
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.

Application Deadline
All applications must be submitted by January 1, 2020.

Winner Announcement
A winner will be selected and notified via email by January 15, 2020.
For full scholarship details, including how to apply, please visit the Brain Cradle Website.

Course Hero is offering a $5,000 scholarship for first-generation enrollments in college.Award Frequency: One recipient every six monthsEligibility:
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Age: 16 and over
  • Permanent legal U.S. resident
  • A detailed and well-written essay response
  • Enrollment in a school listed on the U.S. Department of Education website
  • Be the first in your family to attend college
For full scholarship details, including how to submit an application, visit the Course Hero website.
Course Hero is offering a $5,000 scholarship opportunity for Veterans.Award Frequency: One recipient every six monthsEligibility:
  • Permanent Legal U.S. Resident
  • Military affiliation:
    • Retired, honorably discharged or active duty service members of any branch of the United States military, including the United States Army and Reserves, United States Navy and Reserves, United States Air Force and Reserves, United States Marine Corps and Reserves, United States Coast Guard and Reserves, the National Guard and Air National Guard, or spouses, children or family members of such service members
  • At least 16 years old
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
  • Currently enrolled full-time or part-time in a two-year or four-year accredited undergraduate or graduate college or university, or vocational, technical or private career institution in the United States, as listed on the U.S. Department of Education website.
  • Must submit an essay - 500 words or less.
For full details regarding the scholarship, including how to apply, please visit the Course Hero website.

The HFI Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarship is awarded each year to up to six students studying to become aviation maintenance technicians.

Scholarship Award

The scholarship awards $2,500 toward the cost of obtaining your aviation maintenance certificate. In addition, scholarship recipients receive:

  • A complimentary one-year membership in Helicopter Association International (HAI), the trade association for the international helicopter industry
  • A complimentary full registration for the scholarship recipient and a guest HAI HELI-EXPO, including lunch for two at the HAI Salute to Excellence Awards Luncheon; hotel and travel expenses are the responsibility of the scholarship winner and guest
  • A subscription to ROTOR magazine and ROTOR Daily.

Scholarship winners have 19 months from the date of their award to complete their training and receive their maintenance technician certificate. Scholarship awards that have not been claimed in that time will be considered void.

Payment of the scholarship award is conditional on receipt of supporting documentation from the student’s school stating that the student has successfully completed the required coursework and has been licensed and received an FAA or international equivalent certificate. If the school has not been compensated by the student, HFI will make payment to the institution on behalf of the student. Scholarship payments are for tuition and training only, up to the maximum limit of the scholarship awarded.

Scholarship Prerequisites

Applicants must be enrolled in a maintenance technician certificate program at an FAA-approved Part 147 school or international equivalent. Applicants who expect to receive their maintenance technician certificates prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible to apply for this award.

How to Apply

Scholarship applications are accepted beginning August 1. At this time, click here to submit your application and any supporting documents. Applications are due by Midnight EST, October 31, 2019. Please ensure that all portions are completed; only complete applications that are accompanied by all required supporting documentation will be considered.

In addition to your completed application, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Airman Certificates, if applicable
  • Certification of your maintenance school’s status as a FAA-certified Part 147 facility or international-equivalent AMT training program
  • Two signed letters of recommendation: one from your AMT program director, administrator, or instructor, and one from an employer, instructor, or other person who can attest to your aviation background, training, and experience.

Scholarship winners are chosen by the HFI Scholarship Review Committee. HFI will notify all applicants of their status by approximately December 15, 2019. Questions? Contact scholarships@rotor.org.

 

The Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Scholarship is offered by HAI’s Technical Committee to promote the choice of helicopter maintenance as a career.

Scholarship Award
Each AMT Scholarship winner will have the opportunity to attend a course in helicopter airframe or engine maintenance offered by manufacturers. When submitting the application, please rank the courses listed below according to your order of preference, with your first choice being the course you most desire to attend and your eighth choice being the course you desire the least.

Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter): all models except Super Puma series
Honeywell: AB139 Primus Epic Avionics class or LTS101 engine training course
Leonardo (AgustaWestland): A109 series
MD Helicopters: 500/600/900 series
Pratt & Whitney Canada: PT6T, PT6B-36/ -37 or PW-206 engines
Rolls-Royce: 250 engines, current models
Turbomeca: Arriel 1&2 series and Arrius 2 series engines

Courses will be awarded by preference and by award ranking. For example, the first-place winner will receive his or her first choice; the second-place winner will receive his or her first choice, if available, or second choice if the first choice has already been awarded; and so on.

All scholarship winners will be awarded funds to assist with travel and accommodation expenses associated with attending the training. The first-place winner will be awarded $1,600 from HAI. Those finishing in second, third, fourth, and fifth place will receive $1,150, $850, $750, and $650 respectively. Sixth, seventh, and eighth-place winners will receive $500.

Winners will also receive the following:

A complimentary one year membership in Helicopter Association International (HAI), the trade association for the international helicopter industry
A complimentary full registration for the scholarship recipient and a guest for HAI HELI-EXPO, including lunch for two at the HAI Salute to Excellence Awards Luncheon; hotel and travel expenses are the responsibility of the scholarship winner and guest
A subscription to ROTOR magazine and ROTOR Daily.
AMT Scholarship winners are invited and encouraged to attend the HAI Technical Committee meeting that will be held during Expo and will be introduced to the committee.

Scholarship Prerequisites
Scholarship applicants should be about to graduate from an FAA-approved Part 147 AMT school or be a recent (within the last three years) recipient of an airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificate. All FAA written and practical exams must be successfully completed prior to attending the chosen school; however, these exams do not necessarily have to be completed before applying for the scholarship. International applicants should have completed their respective country’s FAA-equivalent tests.

How to Apply
Scholarship applications are accepted beginning August 1. At this time, click here to submit your application and any supporting documents. Applications are due by Midnight EST, October 31, 2019. Please ensure that all portions are completed; only complete applications that are accompanied by all required supporting documentation will be considered.

Please ensure that all portions are completed; only complete applications that are accompanied by all required supporting documentation will be considered.
In addition to your completed application, you will need to submit the following documents:
If you are attending or are a graduate of a non-U.S.–based AMT school, attach equivalent test scores to the FAA A&P Exam, with attached explanation from your national aviation governing body
Two letters of recommendation

Scholarship winners are chosen by the HFI Scholarship Review Committee. HFI will notify all applicants of their status by approximately December 15, 2019.

At ZipHearing, we strive to give as much information as possible to others on advances in hearing technology. We work every day to ensure that hard of hearing individuals can get the best hearing devices and advice. Losing your hearing is a life-changing experience and we believe that having access to the devices built on the latest research is crucial for hard of hearing individuals to manage their hearing loss. Finding a device that suits the person can take some trial and error, so we offer free trials as well as connecting them with local care providers. Awareness is necessary to keep in check with your own health, as well as inspiring empathy and knowledge; using the correct terminology and knowing how to offer help to those affected. As part of our ambition to raise awareness, we are offering a scholarship to one undergraduate student who can best explore the importance of hearing health in a well-researched and empathetic written piece.

Scholarship Amount
The scholarship award is for $1000.

Who is Eligible?
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.
An interest in health and technology
Required Application Details
Please write a 1,000-1,500 word essay answering the following questions:
Why is hearing health awareness so important to you?
How do you think hearing health care can be made more affordable?
What improvements can be made to assist hard of hearing individuals?
Please provide proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university. A transcript, tuition receipt, or acceptance letter will be accepted.
Please submit the scholarship form below.

How to Apply
Please complete the form with the following information to apply:
ZipHearing Hearing Health 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

Application Deadline
All applications must be submitted by November 1, 2019. A winner will be selected and notified by November 15, 2019.Additional Scholarship Details
Winning candidate will be selected by a panel of judges from ZipHearing.
Scholarship is available on a yearly basis and is non-renewable.
Any questions about the ZipHearing Hearing Health Awareness Scholarship can be directed to: marcella@ziphearing.com
The scholarship award provided by ZipHearing will be sent by check to the winning candidate’s college or university. Funds are to be applied to qualified college expenses (including tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board) for the current academic year.

Akkadian Labs exists to create innovative, forward-thinking software that simplifies unified communications (UC) administration. Akkadian is an experienced software developer with turnkey solutions, trusted by some of the world’s most successful companies. Since 2013, hundreds of companies have looked to Akkadian Unified Communications Solutions to streamline UC administration and management. Akkadian Provisioning Manager alone manages 3 million licenses as the go-to solution for the world’s leading Cisco Collaboration technology partners. Companies of all sizes and in all industries rely on Akkadian software because it’s built to be flexible; clients can customize Akkadian software to their UC environments, without costly professional services or consultation. Akkadian believes its products should make UC management simple, seamless, and unified. We want to see young people with the same passion we have get the opportunities that brought us to where we are today. Thus, we have created a $1,000 scholarship for one undergraduate student who can display where they think information technology may take them in the future.

Scholarship Amount
$1,000

Eligibility
All applicants must be currently enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited US college or university for the semester that they are applying to receive the scholarship.
Applicants are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Students attending an accredited online university are welcome to apply.
Possess a general interest in technology.

Required Application Details
Please write an 800-1,000-word essay detailing how information technology is used in your major and where you think your passion for technology may take you in the future.
Please submit 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 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.

How to Apply
Please use the form link to submit your information to apply:
The Akkadian Labs Information Technology Scholarship
Full Name
Email Address
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 the above questions. Please submit as .pdf or .doc
Confirmation and acceptance of the terms and conditions

Application Deadline
All applications must be submitted by January 1st, 2020.

Winner Announcement
A winner will be selected and notified via email by January 15, 2020

Dollar Genie will award one (1) $3,000 scholarship to each winner determined by our judges. A total of four (4) scholarships will be awarded for each calendar year. This scholarship is designed to help young entrepreneurs afford the rising cost of education and help them along the road to entrepreneurship.

The scholarship will be awarded in check form, made payable directly to the winners. Please note that you will be contacted directly from our scholarship administrator email: scholarship@thedollargenie.com.

Scholarship Deadline:

The deadlines for the 2019/2020 scholarships are September 30, 2019 (fall students) and April 30, 2020 (spring students).

Eligibility requirements:

Any current college student or incoming freshman enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. The student must be enrolled at an accredited college, university or trade school. No major or trade requirements. All students are welcome.

You must submit a 500-1,000 word essay on the below topic to scholarship@thedollargenie.com by midnight of the scholarship deadline.

Topic:

Since it was created, the Internet has both helped and complicated the rise of entrepreneurship. How would you leverage the Internet to develop a business? In addition, how would you manage the increased competition and other complexities that an online marketplace produces?

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.