Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

Students must complete a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).  Go to to complete the application.  The FAFSA must be signed electronically using the FSA ID.  Students may request an FSA ID at  The Financial Aid Department at Pittsburgh Career Institute is here to assist you with this matter.

What is PCI’s Federal School Code?

Pittsburgh Career Institute’s Federal School Code is 015574.

Am I eligible for financial aid?

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.  Eligibility is determined by the information contained in the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The Financial Aid department at Pittsburgh Career Institute counsels students regarding their financing options for their education.  However, students currently in default on a student loan are not eligible for financial aid.

How much financial aid funding am I entitled to receive?

Students meet with a member of the Financial Aid department to review their eligibility.  Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for all grants administered at the school if you meet the application deadline and financial aid criteria for these funds.  Application for the Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA) is a separate process.  The student will receive an awards letter at the campus indicating the type and amount of aid they are entitled to receive.

How do I know if I am eligible for State Grants?

A student must be enrolled in an Associate’s Degree program in order to qualify for a State Grant disbursement.  The deadline to apply for a Fall/Spring State Grant is May 1st (for students who have been to a prior school) and August 1st (for students who have never been to a prior school) and to apply for a Summer State Grant is August 15th.  PHEAA will send the student an awards letter regarding the amount and conditions of the grant.  The Director of Financial Aid will review all Pennsylvania State Grant awards for the campus and determine if the student meets the conditions of the award and determines the amount the student is eligible for based on the credits earned during the terms of eligibility and the student’s academic progress.

How do I apply for a loan?

The student must complete a loan request form with the Financial Aid Department at Pittsburgh Career Institute.  The student is encouraged to review this document carefully.  All borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note electronically at, an Authorization to Retain Funds form and entrance counseling.