Welcome to the Financial Aid Center at PTC. Here you will find resources, forms, and step by step instructions to assist you in the process of paying for college. We will try and make this important process as easy as we can for you. You can call us at any time at 412-809-5100 to answer any questions you may have or to walk you through one of the steps. We have provided several links in the right-hand margin that include resources you may find valuable. We encourage you to become as informed as you can.
Let's get started:
Start by obtaining a Federal Student Aid Identification (FSA ID) at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid
Several of the government forms require you to sign electronically with a FSA ID number. If you follow the link to this government website you may create your FSA ID.
- The process only takes a few minutes.
- Once you create your FSA ID, it will be authenticated within 48 hours.
- You will need this FSA ID to electronically sign your forms.
- If you are a dependent student, both you and one parent must create a FSA ID. If you are not sure if you are a dependent student, check this site: studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/filling-out/dependency.
Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
The FAFSA form is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Once you create your FSA ID you will be able to electronically sign the FAFSA and loan applications.
- Having your completed 2015 1040 and W2's handy will help with the FAFSA application process. Most of the income questions are found on the federal 1040 and W2's.
- If you are a dependent student, you will want to have both yours and your parent's 2015 federal tax return handy.
- You may choose to estimate your income but you will need to update this information once your taxes are complete.
- PTC’s Federal School Code is 007437 (School Code is still listed under PTI) You will need this to ensure that your FAFSA application is sent to PTC.
- The FAFSA application should take you about 20 minutes
- If you need to stop in the middle of the application, remember to SAVE your work.
Apply for Federal Direct Student/Parent Loans
There are a number of financial aid opportunities available to PTC students. After you have completed the FAFSA, the next step is to complete the Federal Direct Student Loan at: www.studentloans.gov and Parent Plus Loan. On this site you will find loan options, information on repayment plans, interest rates and other important information. Plan for about 30 minutes to complete these applications.
- Use your FSA ID to sign in to the site.
- Complete the Master Promissory Note forms.
- select the subsidized/unsubsidized option.
- Use your FSA ID to sign in.
- Complete the Master Promissory Note form.
- Select Parent PLUS for undergraduate students.
State of Pennsylvania Financial Aid
Residents of the state of Pennsylvania have a number of financial aid opportunities through The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). To apply for a state grant, go to www.aessuccess.org. To learn more about these opportunities visit http://www.pheaa.org
Some options include:
The PATH Program (Partnerships for Access to Higher Education)
PATH is a partnership with nonprofit organizations that offer scholarships to needy students. These scholarships have the potential to be matched by PHEAA on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Visit http://www.pheaa.org for a list of participating partners.
Postsecondary Educational Gratuity Program
This program assists children of Pennsylvania police officers, firefighters, rescue, and ambulance squad members, corrections employees, and National Guard and sheriff’s office staff who died in the line of duty.
Pennsylvania National Guard Education Assistance Program (EAP)
This program was created for students who enter a commitment with the National Guard.
Pennsylvania State Work-Study Program
Through the work study program Pennsylvania students can gain on-the-job work experience while earning money to help pay for college.
Blind or Deaf Beneficiary Grant Program
Through this program, blind or deaf Pennsylvania residents may apply for funds to help pay for their education.
Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (TIPS)
PA-TIP is a need based program available to students enrolled in short terms programs such as:
- Advance Materials and Diversified Manufacturing
- Agriculture and Food Production
For information on these programs and to complete an application be sure to visit http://www.pheaa.org
Pennsylvania CHAFEE Education and Training Grant
This grant provides grants to Pennsylvania undergraduate student aging out of foster care.
If you have questions about any step in the financial aid process, remember, we are here to help. Just give us a call at 412-809-5100 and we will assist you. If you would like to meet with a financial aid planner, please call and make an appointment. We will be glad to sit down with you and answer any questions you may have.