Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are some of the advantages of attending CCAC?

Who enrolls at CCAC?

If I'm still in high school, can I take classes at CCAC?

How do I become a student at CCAC?

What are assessment or placement tests and why do I have to take them?

When do regular semester classes begin?

Can I transfer CCAC credits to other colleges and universities?

Why do I need to speak with an academic, transfer or career counselor?

What kinds of financial assistance and student employment opportunities are available at CCAC?

When should I apply for financial aid?

What services and activities are available to CCAC students?


Q: What are some of the advantages of attending CCAC?

A: CCAC is known for its quality, convenience and affordability. We offer small classes and quality instruction in more than 152 degree, certificate and diploma programs—as well as career counseling, job placement services, academic tutoring and supportive services for students with disabilities.

For convenience, there are choices of day, evening and weekend classes—along with options for four-week, eight-week and 10-week semesters, as well as the traditional 16-week semester. Alternative matriculation options, such as Online Learning, are also available.

Our affordable tuition is thousands of dollars less than comparable semesters at state institutions or private colleges. Financial aid resources are available.

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Q: Who enrolls in CCAC?

A: Our students come from all walks of life and all parts of the state and region, as well as other countries. They range from age 18 to beyond retirement and they have a wide range of professional and educational levels, as well as ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds.

Anyone may enroll, although some degree and certificate programs have limited or qualified admission requirements.

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Q: If I’m still in high school, can I take classes at CCAC?

A: Yes. CCAC has a dual enrollment program for high school students interested in completing college credits early.

Students must have a high school grade-point average of 2.0 or higher, have the approval of their high school and their parents and meet all CCAC program and/or course prerequisites. Students may be required to take CCAC placement tests before being approved for certain college courses.

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Q: How do I become a student at CCAC?

A: The first step is to fill out and submit an admission form if you are a first-time student or no longer in our database. This can be done anytime throughout the year.

The process of registering for classes is similar for all students, however, if you are a first-time college student you will need to make an appointment with the advising office on the campus you wish to attend. Application forms are available from any CCAC campus or center or online.

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Q: What are assessment or placement tests and why do I have to take them?

A: If you are a first-time college student, you may be given placement tests to ensure you are selecting courses most appropriate for your current academic skill level. These are NOT admissions tests. Also, there are circumstances under which you may be exempt from testing.

For more information, consult the admissions or advising center at the campus you will be attending.

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Q: When do regular semester classes begin?

A: There are a variety of start dates available to meet the diverse needs of our students. The traditional 16-week fall semester begins in late August and the traditional spring semester begins in mid-January at all four main campuses. However, start dates may be different for evening classes.

College center start dates are later and other classes may be offered through alternative scheduling modes. Summer sessions begin in May with classes offered on four-week, six-week, eight-week and 10-week schedules. A second summer session runs six weeks.

The college also offers short-term training classes with various start dates throughout the academic year. Check with the campus or center you will be attending for specific dates and times.

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Q: Can I transfer CCAC credits to other colleges and universities?

A: Yes. CCAC has articulation agreements with 23 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and nine out-of-state schools. Our four university parallel programs are designed to assure that CCAC students are admitted to partner institutions with junior status after earning an associate degree from CCAC.  In addition, CCAC provides a variety of programs designed for transferring with specific fields of concentration.

If you want to transfer to a four-year school after completing your associate’s degree, be sure to work with a transfer counselor and an academic advisor to verify that all course credits will be eligible for transfer to the college of your choice.

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Q: Why do I need to speak to an academic, transfer or career counselor?

A: Academic advisors are familiar with the requirements of CCAC programs and transfer counselors know the requirements at other institutions. Together, they can help you build a schedule that will best meet your educational needs.

Although only new students are required to meet with an advisor, we strongly recommend that all students planning to transfer to other schools consult with a transfer counselor early during their CCAC enrollment to make sure they are taking appropriate courses.

If you have not decided on a major, visiting one of our career centers and working with a career counselor can help you gather information about your interests and abilities and help you focus on the career option best suited for you.

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Q: What kinds of financial assistance and student employment opportunities are available at CCAC?

A: CCAC offers financial aid in the form of grants, loans, academic, activity and foundation scholarships and work-study jobs. Or contact the financial aid office at the campus you wish to attend.

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Q: When should I apply for financial aid?

A: You may apply for financial aid at any time during the school year. To qualify for the most financial aid opportunities, however, you should apply between January and March prior to the fall semester in which you plan to attend CCAC. You will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, available online or at any CCAC financial aid office and at most high schools.

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Q: What services and activities are available to CCAC students?

A: The services and activities offered by CCAC reflect the diversity of our student population. All campuses offer cultural events, clubs and organizations, fitness resources, intercollegiate and intramural sports and opportunities in media and journalism. For more details, visit student life.

If you have a question that has not appeared above, feel free to contact us or at fill out our information request form.

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