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.
FAFSA - Major Financial Aid Changes for
The Department of
Education made some major changes to the FAFSA and how it will be
processed. Learn about important filing changes by opening
the form below.
The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
NEW FOR THIS YEAR
Note: Financial aid offices are no longer
permitted to accept signed copies of federal tax returns from
students and parents for FAFSA verification purposes. If you
do not use the IRS Data Retrieval Process, you must submit a Tax
Transcript and W2s from the IRS.
There's an easier, faster way to provide tax information for the
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When
completing the FAFSA you will be prompted to enter your FSA ID 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
2015 tax return(s). Families who do not use the IRS Data Retrieval
process will be required to submit an IRS tax transcript and W2s
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. Additional items will be requested by your campus FA
Office.The Community College of Allegheny County Title IV school
code for ALL campuses and centers:
The FAFSA 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. Students can complete the FAFSA
online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You
must have an FSA ID. A Student Aid Report (SAR) will be
generated to students along with the results of the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Student Aid Report
(SAR) is the form that will list the Expected Family Contribution
(EFC) and is a major determinant in a student's eligibility for
Federal Financial Aid. The FAFSA must be completed each
academic year (time period covering July 1-June 30). See PHEAA
information below for important deadlines.
If additional documentation is needed prior to the offer of a
financial aid award, CCAC will send the student a letter requesting
the additional information. Failure to provide the requested
documents will postpone the awarding of the student's financial
aid. The student can view any missing documents and the financial
aid award online at https://my.ccac.edu. You must have
a NET ID and password in order to log in. Once logged in,
navigate to CCAC Central e-services, financial aid then financial
aid self service.
If the student's financial aid award is not finalized prior to the
tuition due date, they will need to either pay for classes from
their own resources or take advantage of the CCAC tuition payment
REMEMBER IF YOU REGISTER FOR CLASSES AND DECIDE NOT TO
ATTEND, YOU MUST DROP THE CLASSES PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE
SEMESTER TO AVOID BEING CHARGED.
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)
(Detailed directions are available at the Financial Aid
What Is Financial Aid?
Grants, scholarships, work-study and student loans are all forms of financial aid. Grants and scholarships are funds that do not have to be repaid, as long as eligibility requirements are maintained. Work-study is employment, usually on campus, for which a paycheck is earned for hours worked. Loans are funds that must be repaid.