The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan credits will be applied to student's accounts in two (2) installments per semester. These credits will be applied to the student’s account on or after the 60th calendar day of each semester. Each credit will represent 50% of the student's approved loan funds for the semester minus the federally appropriated loan fee determined by the Department of Education each year after October 1. Refunds will be issued within 14 days after the date that financial aid credits to the student’s account.
There is no change to the crediting of Federal Pell Grants which will continue to be credited in one installment on the 30th calendar day of the semester. If the 30th calendar day falls on a weekend, aid will be applied to the account on the previous business day. If a student has a credit balance as a result of the financial aid credit to the account, the policy of the college is to refund the credit to the student according to federal regulations. Credit balances caused by financial aid are refunded only after a careful review of the student's account and eligibility for aid. If a credit balance refund is due the student, the refund is made to the student within 14 days after the financial aid is posted, as mandated by federal law. A refund will be issued only if the student's balance is paid in full. The refund will normally be issued in the form of a check made payable to the student and mailed to the student's preferred address.
A student may receive partial or full credit for the semester's tuition charge if he/she completes the official Add/Drop or withdrawal process through the Registrar's Office. In this case the credit is refunded in accordance with the method of original payment, i.e. credit card or check.
In cases of course cancellation by the college, a credit equal to 100% of tuition and fees will be given. Late Registration and/or absences from class have no bearing on refunds.Students suspended for academic or disciplinary reasons and found to be in violation of established college policy, will not be entitled to a refund of tuition or fees.
A student who has received a refund based on financial aid and
later changes enrollment status may be required to repay all or
part of the aid received to the college or to the appropriate
federal or state aid programs. Students receiving federal
aid, other than Federal Work-study funds, who
withdraw, change enrollment status (increase or decrease
credit hours taken), or are reported for
non-attendance, will have federal aid
adjusted in accordance with formulas prescribed by the Federal
Title IV Program.
Important note: Credit balance refunds
are processed after the 30th day of the
Eligibility for a refund depends on several factors and will be
determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Changes in any
of these factors, such as dropping courses or withdrawing from the
college, could result in delays in receiving a refund or the
reduction of the student's aid package, thereby removing a
potential credit balance.
A student who withdraws from the college receives only the balance
that remains, if any, after the appropriate refund calculation has
been performed by the Office of Financial Aid and according to the
federally mandated Return of Federal Title IV Funds Policy listed
Financial aid recipients who withdraw before 60% of the semester
is completed will also be required to return a portion of the
federal financial aid received. For further information, please
consult the Office of Financial Aid.
CCAC returns unearned funds received from Federal student
assistance programs to the proper program accounts or lenders in
accordance with Federal Title IV student assistance regulations, as
amended, under 34 CFR, section 668.22(d) of the Reauthorization of
the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Students receiving assistance from Federal Title IV programs are
required to complete a minimum number of credits for which
assistance was received. If the student completely withdraws from
school during the semester or stops attending, but fails to
officially withdraw, they will be required to return the unearned
part of the funds received to help pay educational expenses for the
semester. Liability for return of Federal Title IV funds will be
determined according to the following guidelines:
Return of Federal Title IV funds will be distributed according
to statutory regulations. Worksheets/Formulas provided by the US
Department of Education will be used to determine the amounts and
order of return.
If the student owes money to the college as a result of an
official or unofficial withdrawal, the student is notified via
receipt of a revised bill from Student Accounts.
Students who will be eligible for a Financial Aid refund after
tuition and fee charges are paid, may charge books and supplies at
the CCAC bookstore during the published Bookstore Charging Period,
provided the appropriate Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) has been filed and all required additional documentation is
received by the CCAC campus Financial Aid Office by the designated
due date. Students must also be registered for classes by the
date designated by the financial aid office in order to charge
Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan credits
will be applied to student's accounts in two (2) installments per
semester. Each credit will represent 50% of the student's
approved loan funds for the semester minus the federally
appropriated loan fee of 1.062% (effective 10/1/18). Refunds
will be issued within 14 days after the credit dates listed
Pell Grants will be credited in one installment occurring on the
30th calendar day of the semester. If the 30th calendar day falls
on a weekend, aid will be applied to the account on the previous
business day. If a credit balance refund is due the student, the
refund is made to the student within 14 days after the financial
aid is posted, as mandated by federal law. A refund will be issued
only if the student's balance is paid in full.Please note: Financial Aid Refunds will be issued within 14 days after the scheduled grant and loan credit dates above.