Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Financial Aid

The Community College of Allegheny County operates on a semester basis. This includes a fall and a spring term or two major terms of 15 weeks of instruction with a final examination period. This also includes two summer sessions. This schedule follows the traditional financial aid calendar typically parallel to the Federal Student Aid Application. The fall term begins in late August or early September and the spring term begins in January of the following year. Students taking 12 credits (semester hours) or more are considered full time for enrollment purposes. View the Financial Aid for Current Students: Ask Before You Act FAQs to learn more about how schedule changes can affect financial aid.  

2012-Tuition-Increase-Thumb.jpgClick on the thumbnail to the left to view information that will help you understand the 2012 tuition increases. The financial aid staff of CCAC is committed to helping you with the financial aid application process. We are here to answer your questions and to provide you with the financial aid information you need to make your experience at CCAC a success.


If you are expecting to receive financial aid, you can review your pending financial aid via CCAC Central e-Services. Log in as a student, on the right hand side select Financial Aid Status by Term, choose 11FA and if your financial aid has been processed you will see the amount on this screen. 

It is your responsibility to compare your financial aid award with your tuition and fee costs and if the financial aid is less than the total cost of tuition and fees the balance is due by the tuition due date.

If you have applied for a student loan you must complete your Direct Loan Master Promissory Note for your loan to be processed.

Net Price Calculator

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), beginning on October 29, 2011, each postsecondary institution in the United States that participates in Title IV federal student aid programs and enrolls full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking undergraduate students will be required to post a net price calculator on its website that uses institutional data to provide estimated net price information to current and prospective students and their families based on a student’s individual circumstances.

Using both institution-provided and student-entered data, this calculator will allow prospective students to calculate an estimated net price at an institution, defined as cost (price) of attendance minus grant and scholarship aid, based on what similar students paid in a previous year.

The Net Price Calculator for CCAC can be found here.

You can find information about how to apply for financial aid, about the different types of financial aid that you can be awarded and about how academic progress can affect your financial aid award. Also you can browse our collection of downloadable financial aid forms, a list of online financial aid resources, a Frequently Asked Questions page and get more information about how to contact the financial aid office nearest you.

CCAC offers the Federal Direct Student Loan program. This program provides low-interest loans for students and parents directly from the Department of Education instead of private banks or other financial institutions. If you want to supplement your financial aid award with loans you can find out more about this direct lending program, or contact the appropriate campus financial aid office.

All students applying for a Direct Loan must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for loan funds to become available. MPNs can be completed at Direct Loan Master Promissory Note.