Admissions & Financial Aid
Financial Aid FAQ
1. How much does PTI Cost?
What you really want to know is "How much will it cost me to attend PTI?" and "Can I afford it?" - Find those details here on our Tuition Information page.
2. How will I pay for school?
You can use grants, loans and scholarships to pay for all or part of your educational expenses if you are eligible. However most students do pay for some of their own education.
PTI's Financial Planners work with students and families to design a plan that works including monthly payment plans.
3. How soon can I find out about financial aid?
As soon as you decide that PTI is right for you, ask your admissions coordinator to schedule a preliminary financial plan. This no-obligation estimate is your first step toward understanding your financial aid eligibility.
4. How do I find out what I need to do and when?
Your admissions coordinator helps you get started. Then one of PTI's financial planners takes you through the entire financial aid process step by step. They are the experts; they help students every day. Depend on them for guidance.
5. What forms are required to get started?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the only form that you need to get started. It begins the financial aid process for you. Once your FAFSA is processed, you receive a Student Aid Report, a SAR.
6. Is there a deadline?
PTI does not have a deadline for admission, but there are financial aid deadlines to maximize your financial aid eligibility.
If you are a new student in Pennsylvania — you have never applied for financial aid before — your deadline is August 1. If you have applied before, your
deadline is May 1.
If you live in another state, check the FAFSA for your state's deadline.
7. What do I do if the deadline has passed?
Don't give up. Check in with your PTI admissions coordinator or financial planner to see what you may still receive and make any necessary arrangements.
8. How do I apply for a PA state grant?
File your FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid. That prompts PHEAA, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, to send you what you need.
9. How will I know how much loan money I will need?
First you need to select your school and major. Then, PTI can help you estimate your grant eligibility, secure scholarships, and determine loan amounts.
10. What if my parents want to borrow money?
Credit-worthy parents of undergraduate students can borrow using the Parent Plus Loan. Ask your financial planner for more information. If your family is worried about credit, there are other options.
11. How do I get a part-time job to help me pay my educational expenses?
Most PTI students work while attending school. Our consistent, block class schedules make that easier to do than at other schools. And there are plenty of opportunities at and around our North Fayette Campus.
PTI's Career Services can help in your search for a part-time job that fits your schedule. Ask during your New Student Orientation, during the first week of classes, or whenever the need arises.