Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

FAFSA-Major Financial Aid Changes for 2014–15

It's time to file your 2014–15 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. 

  Applying for Financial Aid (PDF)

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

Major Financial Aid Changes—Multiple Disbursements of ALL Loans and Delayed Disbursements of Refunds

  • Delayed Disbursement Timeline for 14FS

            14FS First day of Summer Classes – May 19, 2014

      Bookstore charging period – May 16, 2014 - June 3, 2014

      Summer 2014 Grant Credit Date – June 9, 2014

        Summer 2014 Loan Credit Date – June 17, 2014

 Major Financial Aid Changes—FAFSA & IRS Data Retrieval Process

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be filed at
  • The 2014–2015 FAFSA can be filed after January 1, 2014.
  • 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 annually if you want to apply for financial aid.

Beginning with the 2012–13 academic year, financial aid offices were no longer permitted to accept signed copies of federal tax returns from students and parents for FAFSA verification purposes.


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 PIN 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 2013 tax return(s). Families who do not use the IRS Data Retrieval process may be required to submit an IRS tax transcript 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, 2013 (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:

  1. 003231     Allegheny Campus/Homewood-Brushton Center 
  2. E00563     Boyce Campus/Braddock Center
  3. E00564     North Campus/West Hills Center
  4. E00565     South Campus/Washington Center

The FAFSA 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. The students can complete the FAFSA online at 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 July 1–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 at CCAC Central.

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, processing will take about 2 weeks.
  • The FAFSA can be signed by using a PIN number, if the student doesn't have a PIN number, one can be requested at 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:  



Boyce Campus:



North Campus:



South Campus:


  • The student will need the pin number to access the FAFSA information from the FAFSA website.  
  • The student will receive an email informing him or her that the SAR is available for viewing at
  • 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

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 the PHEAA website. 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 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)   

Student Loan Process (Detailed directions are available at the Financial Aid office)

  • Complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form
  • The Loan Request Form is available at financial aid forms. Complete the Student Loan Request Form and submit it to the Financial Aid office. 
  • First time Federal Direct Stafford Loan borrowers must complete the Entrance Counseling session before aid is awarded.
  • Sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN) 

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