Financial Aid Options

Payment Options at Pittsburgh Career Institute

Don’t let the cost of school hold you back from pursuing an education in healthcare! Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Learn more about the wide variety of payment options available to students considering an education at Pittsburgh Career Institute.

Grants and Scholarships

Scholarships and grants are one of the best options to make post-secondary education affordable. By applying under one or more of these programs, depending on need, you may receive necessary funds that you are not typically required to pay back.

For some of these grant options, you may see if you’re eligible after submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Pennsylvania has several programs for financial aid that are not offered in other states, which is possible to make schooling more affordable.

Here are the most common grant options you may qualify for when pursuing an education at Pittsburgh Career Institute.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are an option you can apply for as part of the FAFSA® and are awarded based on financial need and for those who have not earned a previous post-secondary degree, such as a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG is a grant program for undergraduate students with exceptional need with priority given to students with Federal Pell Grant eligibility. The federal government allocates FSEOG funds to participating schools. This is a limited pool of funds and the school will determine to whom and how much it will award based on federal guidelines.

Pennsylvania State Grant Program

This is a resource available for Pennsylvania state residents who are enrolled in specialized associate degree programs at the school. Eligibility is based on income information and dependency status as reported on the FAFSA® and reviewed by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). This state grant does not usually have to be repaid.

Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA-TIP)

This is a resource available for Pennsylvania state residents to prepare students with the skills in high demand by today’s employers. This program is funded and administered by PHEAA. Students enrolled in our Medical Assistant or Dental Assistant programs and meet eligibility requirements may receive this grant.

Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program

The Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program provides a waiver for tuition and mandatory fees charged by most postsecondary institutions located in the Commonwealth for youth who are or were in foster care.

This waiver applies only to charges that remain after all other gift aid (federal, state, and other scholarships or grants) have been applied to the student’s account. To see if you are eligible, please reach out to our Financial Aid department.

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

For those who demonstrate financial need, Federal Work-Study provides opportunities for students to work part-time while attending school. The advantages of FWS is the flexibility of where to work, as it’s possible to find a position that is on-campus, off-campus, or community-service related.

The number of positions available may be limited depending upon the institution’s annual funding allocation from the federal government.

Veterans’ Educational Benefits

Pittsburgh Career Institute is approved by the Pennsylvania State Approving Agency for

Veterans Affairs and participates in many Veterans’ Educational Benefit programs.

If you want to see if you may qualify, get in touch with our Financial Aid department to learn more.

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Loan Options

Direct Federal Parent Plus Loans

The William D. Ford Federal Direct PLUS Loan is a low-interest loan available to parents of dependent undergraduate students. These loans are not based on need but when combined with other resources, cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance. A credit check on the parent borrower is required and either or both parents may borrow through this program.

Repayment begins within 60 days of the final disbursement of the loan within a loan period. However, parents may request deferment of payments while the student is attending at least half-time.

Direct Federal Stafford Loans

Federal Direct Stafford loans are low-interest loans that are made to the student. The loan must be used to pay for direct (tuition and fees, books and supplies) and indirect (room, board, transportation, and personal) educational expenses.

Subsidized loans are based on need while unsubsidized loans are not. Repayment begins six months after the student graduates, withdraws from school, or falls below half-time enrollment status.

Other Options

Once you submit your FAFSA® with our school code (015574), your information will be privately sent to us to review. In the application process, you will be informed of what loans and grants you may qualify for, as some may not be listed here.

A Message From Our Student Finance Manager


I would like to thank you for your interest in Pittsburgh Career Institute (PCI). The Financial Aid department at PCI understands that financing your education is a major commitment and can be very stressful. The entire process may seem at times to be overwhelming. Our financial aid team will ensure that you understand the financial aid process, and we will walk you through it step-by-step.

The Financial Aid team is here to provide you with one-on-one guidance and support through the entire financial aid process. This support will continue beyond your graduation. If you have any questions regarding your financial aid while attending PCI or afterward, my staff and I are always available to assist you.

If you have any questions regarding financial aid, please contact us at 412-281-2600 or email dstainbrook@pci.edu. Our website provides a thorough overview of the financial aid process and answers many frequently asked questions that you may have. Hopefully, you will find this information helpful. Thank you again for your interest in Pittsburgh Career Institute.

Donna Stainbrook, Student Finance Manager

Learn How To Apply for Federal Student Aid

Get the information you need to fill out the FAFSA® to see what options may be available to you. We recommend applying for financial aid as early as possible to allow time for processing, as financial aid is not provided until all requirements are met.

If you have any questions about the financial aid process, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Financial Aid department at 412-281-2600.

Financial Aid Disclaimers

Pittsburgh Career Institute administrates its financial aid programs in accordance with prevailing federal and state laws and its own institutional policies. Students are responsible for providing all requested documentation in a timely manner. Failure to do so could jeopardize the student’s financial aid eligibility. In order to remain eligible for financial aid, a student must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined in the PCI catalog.

Financial aid must be approved, and all necessary documentation completed, before the aid can be applied toward tuition and fees. Financial aid is awarded on an award-year basis; therefore, it may be necessary to re-apply for aid for each award year. Students may have to apply for financial aid more than once during the calendar year, depending on their date of enrollment. Students who need additional information and guidance should contact the Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid Code of Conduct

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Download Pittsburgh Career Institute’s Financial Aid Code of Conduct.