• FAFSA - Major Financial Aid Changes for 2016-2017

    It's time to file your 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid offices are no longer permitted to accept signed copies of federal tax returns for FAFSA verification purposes. Learn about important filing changes by opening the form below.

    The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

    NEW FOR 2016-17:

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be filed at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
    The 2016-2017 FAFSA can be filed after January 1, 2016.
    The FAFSA serves as the application for all federal, state and institutional aid programs.
    The FAFSA is required for all loan borrowers.
    The FAFSA must be completed each year that you are interested in receiving Financial Aid.

    Note:  Financial aid offices are no longer permitted to accept signed copies of federal tax returns from students and parents for FAFSA verification purposes.  If you do not use the IRS Data Retrieval Process, you must submit a Tax Transcript and W2s from the IRS.


    IRS Data Retrieval Process

    There's an easier, faster way to provide tax information for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When completing the FAFSA you will be prompted to enter your FSA ID and link to the IRS web site. The retrieval process will display your tax information and allow you to transfer it to your FAFSA.

    Our Financial Aid office encourages everyone to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Process if you and your parent(s) have filed your 2015 tax return(s). Families who do not use the IRS Data Retrieval process will be required to submit an IRS tax transcript and W2s directly from the IRS to complete the federal verification process. Our recommendation is for you and your parent(s), if applicable, to file federal income taxes electronically prior to filing the FAFSA. We strongly suggest in participating in the IRS retrieval process. If you file your federal tax return electronically, the data will be available to import into the FAFSA application within approximately 2 weeks of the IRS accepting your return (or your parent(s) if applicable). If you or your parent(s) file taxes by paper, it will take eight weeks before your information will be available for the IRS data retrieval process.

    Please note that you may still be required to supply other income information as part of the general verification process.

    Documentation of all untaxed income received from January 1-December 31, 2015 (Social Security 1099, ADC/AFDC/TANF, worker's compensation, 401K and 403B plans, untaxed pensions, child support, etc.)

    The Community College of Allegheny County Title IV school code for ALL campuses and centers:

    003231


    The FAFSA is a requirement of the US Department of Education (DOE) and will establish the student's eligibility for the various types of aid listed in this document. Students can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  You must have an FSA ID.  A Student Aid Report (SAR) will be generated to students along with the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Student Aid Report (SAR) is the form that will list the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and is a major determinant in a student's eligibility for Federal Financial Aid.  The FAFSA must be completed each academic year (time period covering July 1-June 30). See PHEAA information below for important deadlines.

    If additional documentation is needed prior to the offer of a financial aid award, CCAC will send the student a letter requesting the additional information. Failure to provide the requested documents will postpone the awarding of the student's financial aid. The student can view any missing documents and the financial aid award online at https://my.ccac.edu. You must have a NET ID and password in order to log in.  Once logged in, navigate to CCAC Central e-services, financial aid then financial aid self service.
    If the student's financial aid award is not finalized prior to the tuition due date, they will need to either pay for classes from their own resources or take advantage of the CCAC tuition payment plan.

    REMEMBER IF YOU REGISTER FOR CLASSES AND DECIDE NOT TO ATTEND, YOU MUST DROP THE CLASSES PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEMESTER TO AVOID BEING CHARGED.


    PELL Grant (Federal Grant)

    • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by entering the information online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, processing will take about 2 weeks.
    • The FAFSA can be signed by using an FSA ID number, if the student doesn't have an FSA ID number, one can be requested at https://fsaid.ed.gov before completing the FAFSA.
    • The FAFSA can also be signed by completing the FAFSA online, then printing out the signature page upon completion and mailing it to the address provided.
    • Use the CCAC school code:
    • 003231
    • The student will need their FSA ID number to access the FAFSA information from the FAFSA website.
    • The student will receive an email informing him or her that their SAR is available for viewing at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
    • Upon receipt of the SAR, the student should review the information listed on it for accuracy. If corrections need to be made on the SAR the student can do so by correcting it online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    PHEAA State Grant (Pennsylvania State Grant)

    • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Students who submit their FAFSA by May 1 will be eligible for consideration for a PHEAA grant. FAFSAs submitted after May 1 may be determined as ineligible for the Grant.
    • PHEAA may send the student a State Grant Form asking for additional information. If a student email address was provided on the FAFSA then the student will receive an email directing them to Account Access to complete the State Grant Form at the PHEAA website. For dependent students whose parent provides an email address, the parent will be emailed as well. If no email address was provided then a letter will be mailed prompting them to visit Account Access.
    • PHEAA will send the student a notice of eligibility. However, the award amount is not a guarantee since CCAC must also verify certain criteria. CCAC is required to verify that the student is:
      • Enrolled in a 2 year program
      • Enrolled for at least 6 credits a term (note-developmental and online courses may cause a reduction or termination of the grant)
      • A Pennsylvania resident
      • In good academic standing according to PHEAA guidelines

    If you are applying for or receiving a grant from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) please note that at least half of your class schedule must be for classes that are fully offered on a campus/center. In addition, your program of study also needs to have at least half of its courses offered fully on a campus/center. If you are uncertain how this PHEAA policy relates to your class schedule, please contact the Director of Financial Aid at the campus of your choice.

    Note: students with medical disabilities as defined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of July 1990 (PL 101-336) may request an accommodation to the 50% in-classroom instruction enrollment requirement of the Pennsylvania state grant program. The ADA Accommodation Request Form may be found online.

    PHEAA (PA Higher Education Assistance Agency)
    1.800.692.7392
    www.pheaa.org


    Student Loan Process

    (Detailed directions are available at the Financial Aid office)

    • Complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form
    • Submit a Student Loan request form via Financial Aid Self Service.  A NET ID and password are required.  Students can access FA Self Service at http://my.ccac.edu.
    • After submitting the student, financial aid will certify the student's eligibility and loan amount.
    • First time Federal Direct Stafford Loan borrowers must complete the Entrance Counseling session before aid is awarded.
    • Sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN)

     

  • Applying for Financial Aid

    What Is Financial Aid?

    Grants, scholarships, work-study and student loans are all forms of financial aid. Grants and scholarships are funds that do not have to be repaid, as long as eligibility requirements are maintained. Work-study is employment, usually on campus, for which a paycheck is earned for hours worked. Loans are funds that must be repaid.