The CCAC Pittsburgh Promise Initiative and CCAC Extension Program provide a supportive
learning environment where students make the most of their Pittsburgh Promise funding
to achieve their goals. Pittsburgh Promise students are assigned to work with the
Pittsburgh Promise Coach. CCAC Extension students are assigned to work with the CCAC
Extension Coach. Coaches work with students to ensure their academic success and completion
of their academic goals.
CCAC Pittsburgh Promise Initiative
Pittsburgh Public School graduates who are newly enrolled at CCAC should visit the
Pittsburgh Promise website, login to their student portal, and identify CCAC as the college they will attend.
The Pittsburgh Promise will notify CCAC that the student is eligible for Pittsburgh
New and current CCAC Pittsburgh Promise eligible students must contact their CCAC
Pittsburgh Promise Coach after registering every semester. Students must also complete
their FAFSA and PHEAA applications each year. Pittsburgh Promise funds are awarded
when both free applications – FAFSA and PHEAA – are completed and an award letter
is issued by the CCAC Financial Aid office.
Students must meet specific requirements to maintain their Pittsburgh Promise eligibility.
Pittsburgh Promise students are evaluated every two semesters and must meet the following
- Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, and register for and complete
12 or more credits, each Fall and Spring term. Academic progress will be evaluated
by the Pittsburgh Promise Coach at the end of each academic year.
- Students that register for part-time enrollment, less than 12 credits, will not be
funded by the Promise Award unless granted a compassion appeal.
- The Pittsburgh Promise Award is a last dollar scholarship that pays towards tuition
and books after all other grants and scholarships, for example Pell, PHEAA and FSEOG,
have been deducted.
- College expenses eligible for Promise scholarship funds are fees, tuition and required
CCAC Extension Program
CCAC Extension Program students are offered a second chance to become a Pittsburgh
Promise scholar. The CCAC Extension Program is located at the CCAC Allegheny Campus.
Extension students are evaluated at the end of each semester and must earn at least
nine credits and a 2.0 GPA each semester. Students become eligible for the Pittsburgh
Promise after successfully completing two semesters in the CCAC Extension Program.
Eligibility for Financial Aid:
As an undocumented student can I receive federal student aid?
No. Undocumented students are not eligible for federal student aid (Pell Grant). However
you can be eligible for state or college financial aid (Pittsburgh Promise Award)
and private scholarships.
Completing the FAFSA Form:
How do I complete the FAFSA application each new academic year if I do not have a
Social Security Number (SSN)?
Students can print out a PDF paper version of the FAFSA application, for example, and provide 000-00-0000 in the Social Security Number field. The same
process can be applied for a Parental Social Security Number field. Students must
answer all other questions on the application as well.
On the FAFSA application how do I answer the question "Are you a US citizen?"
"No. I am not a citizen or eligible noncitizen."
What to do with the PDF paper FAFSA application once everything is filled out?
Mail it to the main Pittsburgh Promise Office at:
1901 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Pittsburgh Promise Staff
The Pittsburgh Promise Staff, located at the Allegheny Campus, are available Monday
– Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Program Director/Success Coach
Pittsburgh Promise Extension into Scholar Initiative
Pittsburgh Promise Coach
Schedule an appointment with Miles
Secretary, Specialized Programs
CCAC Allegheny Campus
Department of Specialized Programs
404 Library Building
808 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212