How am I considered for financial aid?
What if I need help completing the forms or have unusual circumstances?
The Staffs at the Campus Financial Aid Offices are available to assist you in completing the forms if you have questions or need help. If you have unusual or unique circumstances (i.e., divorce, separation, unemployment, etc.), you should bring it to the attention of the Financial Aid office. Please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-237-CCAC.
Why do I have to give the financial aid office a copy of my and/or parents' federal tax return?
Written documentation (tax returns, copies of W-2 forms) to support the accuracy of your request for financial aid, including the Stafford Student Loan program, may be requested from the Financial Aid Office before the award process begins. Students selected for verification will be notified by the Financial Aid Office of what is needed to complete your request for financial aid. You may also check what documentation is needed by going to My CCAC. A CCAC Net ID and Password are necessary in order to log in. Once you are logged in, navigate to CCAC Central e-Services. Click on Students then on Financial Aid Self Service. All requested information must be provided within 10 days from the date of the request. Information received after the 10-day period will be considered late and processed in the order of date received.
When do I apply for financial aid?
You should apply for financial aid as soon as possible after October 1. The priority deadline for the submission of complete applications for Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant Program funds and certain other program funds is May 1 for Fall term enrollment and November 1, for Spring term enrollment. Applications CAN be filed after the deadline but will be processed according to the date received. You must reapply for financial aid every academic year (July 1 - June 30), not every semester.
Do I have to be full-time to apply for financial aid?
No. However, to qualify for most aid programs you do have to enroll at least half-time (6 or more credits).
Am I eligible for financial aid if I am currently in default on a student loan?
You are not eligible for financial aid if you are currently in default. If you have paid off your student loan or have made satisfactory repayment arrangements, you will need to provide proof of this to the Financial Aid office at the campus you are attending.
How will I know how much money I am eligible to receive?
The Financial Aid Director will evaluate your request for financial aid and determine if you are eligible for the many programs offered at the college. You are automatically considered for all federal grants administered at the college if you meet the application deadline and financial aid criteria for these funds. By logging into Financial Aid Self Service, you can access your award letter indicating the type and amount of aid you are eligible to receive. You can also check your award status at Financial Aid Self Service ( my.ccac.edu ).
How will I know if I am eligible for a PA State Grant?
You will receive an award notice telling you the amount and conditions of the grant. The Financial Aid Director will review all PA State Grant awards and will determine if you meet the conditions of the award. You can check your financial aid status at Financial Aid Self Service ( my.ccac.edu ).
How do I apply for a loan?
In addition to completing the FAFSA, you must complete a loan request form through the Financial Aid Self-service portal at my.ccac.edu . You must be registered for at least 6 credits before a student loan will be certified for you. First-time borrowers at CCAC are required to participate in Entrance Loan Counseling at www.studentloans.gov . All borrowers must also sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) electronically at www.studentloans.gov. If at any time you have questions on loan processing or your ability to receive loan funds, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Financial Aid office at email@example.com or 412-237-CCAC.
When should I apply for a student loan?
You can apply for a student loan at any time before the end of the academic term for which you are enrolled at the college. Loan processing can take six to eight weeks, so be sure to plan ahead so that you can have your funds in time for the start of the term.
What is "work-study" and how do I apply?
Work-study is an employment program available to students who show eligibility by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and interest in part-time work at the college. A separate work-study application is required of students interested in being considered for the program. Students are notified of their work-study assignment approximately one month before classes begin.
How and when will I get my money?
What do I do if I want to add or drop a class?
Always check with the campus Financial Aid office before you add or drop any classes to see if your financial aid will be affected. Adjustments to your financial aid can be checked at Financial Aid Self Service at My CCAC. To avoid being charged for classes, you MUST drop any classes that you don t want to take, prior to the first day of the term.
What do I do if I want to completely withdraw from classes?
Aid to be returned is allocated in the following order: