Financial Aid Opportunities

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division is committed to making your education more affordable through federal and other financial aid programs that can help you manage the cost of your tuition and put your education within reach.

Your Student Finance Counselor will help you navigate your financial aid options, and the following resources provide more information on opportunities to reduce the cost of your tuition.

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Applying for financial aid

To apply for financial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you have completed the FAFSA, Your Student Finance Counselor will work with you to develop a financial plan that suits your needs.

You can calculate your loan repayment estimate by clicking on the Loan Calculator.

You can access our Financial Aid Guide here.

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Options specific to your situation

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All Options

All students may qualify for several forms of aid, including:

Federal student aid:

Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply for federal aid, including:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Subsidized Direct Loan
  • Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan
  • Federal Parent PLUS Loans

Private student aid:

Several types of loans are available to students and their parents (if applicable) through private lending institutions. Requirements vary, and all loans must be repaid.

Private alternative education loans are offered by private lending institutions and are not subsidized by a government agency. Alternative education loans are not to be used as a substitution for federal financial aid loans. They are intended to provide additional funding for your education after all federal loans are sought. Find out more about these loans here. Select The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division from the drop-down menu. A list of preferred lenders for our location can be found here.

Scholarships and grants:

Grants, scholarships, and other benefits are often based on a combination of criteria and do not have to be repaid. Grants are primarily for students in financial need, while scholarships are awarded based on criteria such as academic performance and affiliations.

Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine offer educational grants to online students residing in those states. Some states permit their residents to use the grants at schools outside of the state. Contact the Student Finance Counselors for more details.

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First-Time students

  • Federal Grants and Loans - The U.S. government offers aid, such as loans and grants, for students who qualify.
  • Other Grants and Scholarships - Grants, scholarships, and other benefits are often based on a combination of criteria and do not have to be repaid. Grants are primarily for students in financial need, while scholarships are awarded based on criteria such as academic performance and affiliations.
  • Private Loans - Several types of loans are available to students and their parents (if applicable) through the government and private lending institutions. Requirements vary, and all loans must be repaid.

Federal PLUS loan for parents

As a parent, you may be eligible to qualify for the Federal PLUS (the parent loan for undergraduate students) Loan if you have a dependent child in school. Parents are encouraged to apply for this loan after their dependent has received a student financial plan, so that they know the recommended amount to borrow. The maximum amount a parent may borrow is the cost of your education minus any aid that you are receiving.

Parents must complete the Borrower section of the form students must complete the Student section. If applying online, you must print out, sign and mail the Promissory Note. Both parent and student must sign the Promissory Note. You can apply online at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action or contact our Financial Services Department for assistance.

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