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Financial Aid Scholarships

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.

Don't forget to apply for the CCAC Educational Foundation scholarships at the beginning of each semester!

High School to Career Scholarship

This scholarship provides up to $10,000/student over 5 semesters in scholarship funding to allow recent graduates from any high school in Allegheny County that is Pittsburgh Promise ineligible to pursue a two-year Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science and then enter the workforce in their chosen field. Eligible students can apply by completing the application and submitting the required documents to the CCAC Educational Foundation by the application deadline of 4:30 pm on Monday, June 27, 2022.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a graduate of any high school in Allegheny County that is Pittsburgh Promise ineligible with a minimum GPA of 2.75;
  • Be a 2019 or later high school graduate and enroll at CCAC within three years of graduation;
  • Have applied and/or registered for the fall 2022 semester at CCAC;
  • Be working toward an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree in one of the following programs: Applied Service and Trade Technologies; Electrical Construction Technology; Business Careers in Accounting; Computer and Information Technology; Engineering & Science Technologies; or Health Careers;
  • Take a minimum of 12 credits per semester;
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 once enrolled at CCAC;
  • Complete a FAFSA form

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Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

These full-time and part-time scholarships are available to members of Phi Theta Kappa. Renewal is contingent upon a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and part-time enrollment (6-11 credits per semester) or full-time enrollment in 12-18 credits, in the Day, CAP, Evening or Weekend program. This does not apply to students receiving Corporate Program or other discounts.

Who is Eligible

  • A cumulative college GPA of at least 3.5
  • The award is valued at $3,000 for full-time enrollment
  • The award is valued at $1,500 for part-time enrollment

How to Apply

Students interested in applying should complete the required forms for Carlow University financial aid.


GAP Emergency Fund

The CCAC GAP Scholarship is designed to increase student learner success by providing financial assistance to learners who are not eligible for state or federal financial aid. The award of up to $500 per semester provides support to learners encountering unforeseen personal circumstances which may prohibit them from continuing their education at CCAC. A candidate may reapply in subsequent semesters.

Circumstances may vary widely that require a student to apply for the CCAC GAP Scholarship. These circumstances may include such varied events as the loss of a job halfway through a final semester, the sudden inability to afford child care required to attend classes, or being able to afford tuition but having difficulty financing the purchase of books.

How to Apply

Students are encouraged to apply through their campus Dean of Student Development office. They will be asked to complete a GAP scholarship application that supplies supporting documentation of the financial or personal circumstances prompting the application. The application deadline is the last day to withdraw from classes with a "W" grade each term.

The application deadline is the last day to withdraw from classes with a "W" grade each term.

Student Emergency GAP Fund Application 
GAP emergency fund brochure

Expenses Covered

The CCAC GAP Scholarship would cover educational expenses such as books, supplies, supplementary materials and instruction, transportation, child care costs and other essentials as approved by the application review committee.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the CCAC GAP Scholarship, an applicant must:
  • be a current CCAC student learner having completed a minimum of 15 credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA;
  • have completed the college's financial aid application process;
  • maintain 12 credits with minimum GPA of 2.5 during the semester of award;
  • be degree or certificate seeking; and
  • be in good financial standing with the college.


GED Scholarship Program

Allegheny County Residents who acquire the GED Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma are eligible for one tuition-free 3-credit course at CCAC within six months of obtaining the diploma. Students are responsible for associated fees, books, materials and supplies.

Who is Eligibile

In order to qualify for the tuition-free course, you must:

  • be an Allegheny County resident.
  • register at CCAC within 180 days of receipt of your GED Diploma.
  • provide proof of residency and the GED Diploma upon enrollment in the course.

Please note: If you are under 18 and pass the GED Test, the State of Pennsylvania will not issue an offical GED Diploma until you reach age 18.


Once you have obtained your GED Diploma, contact any campus Registration office to apply.


University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies Scholarships

The University of Pittsburgh offers a number of scholarships for newly admitted and continuing students, including:

Commonwealth Scholarships

For underrepresented students interested in completing their bachelor's degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Open to those who have earned or will earn an associate degree from the Community College of Allegheny County with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Students admitted to the University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies can:

  • Receive a tuition and fees scholarship for enrollment in Mastering the University, a first-year transfer experience course;
  • Be automatically reviewed for academic year scholarships for high-achieving students ranging from $1,000 to $2,000;
  • Be eligible and apply for a $2,000 academic year scholarship for financially disadvantaged students and a $2,000 tuition and fees scholarship for the summer term; and
  • Receive fare-free Port Authority of Allegheny County bus transportation and free or discounted admission to Pittsburgh-area attractions.

To be eligible for the Commonwealth Scholarship Program, submit a completed application to the University of Pittsburgh Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by June 1. (This is an annual scholarship with a standing June 1 deadline.)

Supplemental Aid Scholarships

Supplemental aid awards based on financial need are available to College of General Studies students. If you wish to be considered for a $2,000 supplemental aid scholarship, you may apply through the Office of the Associate Dean, College of General Studies. Download the Supplemental Aid Scholarship Application. Applications for 2013-2014 must be submitted by April 26th and scholarships will be awarded in May for the following academic year. There also may be a limited amount of scholarships available for students first enrolling in the spring term. Please discuss this with your advisor at your first advising appointment.

You must complete the following steps and meet the following criteria to qualify for supplemental aid:

  • Must not be eligible for tuition remission
  • Must have a FAFSA on file with the Pitt's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA)
  • Must be registered for at least six credits per term
  • Must have a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) to be eligible for current students, or over a 2.5 GPA for new students
  • Must be enrolled in a College of General Studies degree program.

Evaluation criteria will be based on financial need which will be determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA. Should this scholarship be awarded and all courses are dropped, these funds will be returned to the College of General Studies.

For more information about these and other scholarship opportunities at the University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies, visit the University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies website, call 412-624-6600, or e-mail Interested CCAC students may also speak with a CCAC transfer counselor for more information.