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.
At CCAC, there are a number of different types of financial aid
that you can be awarded. The most basic categories are grants, scholarships and loans.
Grants are awarded based on financial need. The most common
grants are awarded by state and federal agencies.
This federal grant program is awarded to undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. The amount is determined by the student's expected family contribution (EFC) as calculated by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For the 2016-17 year, the maximum amount is $5,815. Students trying to determine if they meet eligibility criteria for grade level progression should know grade level progression as defined by the college is 30+ credits.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a campus-based, federally funded aid program that awards funds to Pell Grant recipients with high financial need. The award normally ranges from $100 up to $600 per academic year and is determined annually based on the allocation from the Federal Government.
This state grant is awarded to Pennsylvania residents that are undergraduate students who are attending at least half-time (six credits), in a two year degree seeking program, and have demonstrated financial need as determined by PHEAA. Students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress according to the guidelines set forth by PHEAA to receive the award each year. Note: Deadline dates apply.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. Download the
ADA Accommodation Request Form.
Scholarships are typically awarded based a combination of merit and need, and are often restricted to students who meet specific criteria, such as having a certain major or being of a particular ethnic background. To find out more about the scholarships that you can receive as a CCAC student, click the links below.
Educational Foundation ScholarshipsFireVEST Scholarship ProgramGAP ScholarshipGED Scholarship ProgramUniversity of Pittsburgh College of General Studies ScholarshipsCCAC Pittsburgh Promise Scholars' Initiative (PPSI)National Black MBA Association, Pittsburgh Chapter Scholarships
CCAC participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan program. This program provides low-interest loans for students and parents directly from the Department of Education instead of private banks or other financial institutions. If you need to supplement
your financial aid award with loans you can find out more about this direct
lending program or contact the appropriate campus financial aid office.Please click here for instructions for requesting a Direct Student loan.
Direct Federal Stafford Subsidized Loans are based on financial need as well as annual and aggregate limits. The federal government pays the interest on this loan until you enter repayment six months after graduation or you are no longer enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours).
Direct Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loans are based on annual and aggregate limits and can be awarded to students who don’t show financial need from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Interest begins to accrue upon the first loan disbursement. The option does exist to pay interest on this type of loan while in school or interest payments can be delayed until principle payments begin. Principle repayment begins six months after graduation or once you are no longer enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours).Attention Parents: If you are the parent of a dependent student, as part of William D. Ford DirectPlus, you may be able to borrow additional funds through the William D. Ford Direct Federal Plus Loan. Federal parent Plus loans enable parents with good credit histories to borrow money to pay the educational expenses of their dependent, undergraduate student enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours). Although parent Plus loans are not need based, families must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to ensure that all eligibility requirements for receiving financial aid are met.
Students who need additional funding may wish to pursue an alternative loan from a private lender. Students may apply for any amount up to the cost of education, as determined by the Financial Aid Office, minus any other aid (including federal loans) that you are receiving. You will want to compare several lenders to find the best alternative loan to meet your needs. Once you have applied and are approved for a private loan, through a lender of your choice, you must contact the Financial Aid Office and request to have your loan certified.
The Department of
Education Ombudsman Group was created to help borrowers
with difficult problems that cannot be solved at the campus level.
Contact the Ombudsman Group as a last resort. Make every effort to
your student loan problems before contacting the
Ombudsman Group.The toll-free phone number is 877-557-2575 and the
fax number is 606-396-4821; the mailing address is U.S. Department
of Education, FSA Ombudsman Group, P.O. Box 1843, Monticello,
KY 42633. Students can also complete the secure and
confidential Ombudsman Assistance Request Form. Remember, the
Ombudsman Group can help resolve disputes about federal student
loans. If you have a dispute about your private student loan,
contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
This program is available to eligible students who have
financial need and who wish to work part-time while enrolled at
Scholarship Tracking and Review System (STARS)
Students can now apply for scholarships online, rather than submitting paper applications as they have in the past. The Scholarship Tracking and Review System (STARS) enables students to apply for multiple scholarships online in just minutes, with one application.