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					Allegheny Campus
808 Ridge Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412.237.2589

Boyce Campus
595 Beatty Road Monroeville, PA 15146 724.325.6602

North Campus
8701 Perry Highway Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412.369.3656

South Campus 1750 Clairton Road West Mifflin, PA 15122 412.469.6241

STEPS TO RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID
There are many types of financial aid available and each has a specific process students are required to follow. The financial aid office at CCAC is available to assist students with the financial aid process. We have described each type below to help students get started. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This form 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. There are two ways students can complete the form: on paper or online. To expedite the response from the DOE the student should consider using the online process, as it will reduce the time it takes to receive the Student Aid Report (SAR) by several weeks. The SAR is the form that will list the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and will allow the CCAC financial aid office to process the student’s file. The FAFSA must be completed each academic year (time period covering July1 – June 30). See PHEAA information below for important deadlines. CCAC will send the student a letter notifying him or her of documentation that must be submitted to the financial aid office before financial aid is awarded. Failure to provide the documents will postpone the awarding of the student’s financial aid. The student can also view the missing documents and financial aid award online through the CCAC website at www.ccac.edu and selecting “Online Services.” The financial aid process does take time and in some cases awards may not be made before tuition is due. This means the student will need to pay for the courses by the tuition due date and be reimbursed if financial aid is received. To secure a seat in classes, students have the option of taking advantage of the CCAC tuition payment plan.

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 the PIN number, if the student doesn’t have a PIN number, one can be requested at www.pin.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 correct CCAC school code Allegheny Campus: 003231 Boyce Campus: E00563 North Campus: E00564 South Campus: E00565  Once FAFSA is submitted on the internet, the student will receive an email informing him or her that the SAR is available for viewing at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Upon receipt of the SAR, 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 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form  Students who submit their FAFSA by May 1 will be eligible for consideration of a PHEAA grant. If the FAFSA is submitted after May 1 the student may not receive a PHEAA 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 www.PHEAA.org. For dependent students whose parent provide 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 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 courses may cause a reduction or termination of the grant)  A Pennsylvania resident  In good academic standing according to PHEAA guidelines. STUDENT LOAN PROCESS (Detailed directions available at the financial aid office)  Complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form  The Loan Request Form can be downloaded from the CCAC website at www.ccac.edu, under financial aid forms. Complete the Student Loan Request Form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.  First time CCAC borrowers must complete Entrance Counseling at www.aessuccess.org. (Detailed directions available at the financial aid office) before aid is awarded.  Sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN).  Online at www.aessuccess.org (Detailed directions available at the financial aid office) Or  The hard copy that is mailed to the student by PHEAA AWARDING OF AID  CCAC will send the student an award letter which lists the amount of aid the student can expect to receive.  If the student adds or drops classes the financial aid may increase or decrease so the student must check with the financial aid office before adding or dropping classes. SCHOLARSHIPS There is a wide range of scholarship information available on the internet. Follow links from the CCAC website to identify some. The internet and local library are a few resources that may assist the student in the search. ACCESSING FINANCAL AID INFORMATION AT WWW.CCAC.EDU  Type in www.ccac.edu  Select Current Students on left side of the page  Select Financial Aid on left side of the page WEB SITES www.fafsa.ed.gov www.pin.ed.gov www.ccac.edu www.aessuccess.org Purpose Process FAFSA, retrieve SAR, make correction to SAR, obtain PIN number Apply for Pin number or retrieve current pin number Download financial aid forms, CCAC Online Services (Detailed directions available) Complete Entrance Counseling, Viewing loan status (Detailed directions available)


				
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