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Financial Aid
Financial aid is a grant, scholarship, loan or employment opportunity assisting students with educational expenses. Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need, or the difference between the cost of education (tuition, fees, books, transportation, etc.) and the amount parents and/or students can contribute toward these expenses. Forbes’ applicants may qualify for a PELL grant or Federal Direct Student Loan, in addition to the PA-TIP grant if funding is available and the student is enrolled in an approved program.
Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible for financial aid a student must:
• Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States.
• Be enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program.
• Have a high school diploma or GED.
• Be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory progress according to college, state and federal regulations.
How to apply for federal student aid:
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The financial aid consultant reviews the applicant FAFSA and reports eligibility information to the adult training/financial aid coordinator. Please contact the Adult Program Department at 412.373.8100 ext. 223 for assistance in obtaining institutional or financial aid information. Forbes’ FAFSA school code is 031014.
Forbes students who qualify for a federal grant or loan may be eligible for the maximum amount of aid according to the program cost of attendance (COA) established for the 2015-2016 academic year. Part-time students and those attend-ing less than 900 hours will be awarded aid based on their projected hours of attendance.
300 hour evening classes, short-term programs and some training programs are not eligible for federal financial aid.
PA CAREERLINK®
Students may qualify for financial assistance if he or she is unemployed, underemployed or a dislocated worker. Contact your local PA CareerLink® for more information at 412.436.2225, Forest Hills or 412.552.7100, Pittsburgh.
GI BILL®
If the student is a veteran, he or she may be eligible for GI Bill® Education Benefits. Apply online at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. If you have already enrolled and received your most recent certificate of eligibility, please include this with your admission application.
The veteran may also qualify for funding through the Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA—VLPWPA. Call the Pittsburgh office at 412.481.8200 ext. 253 to schedule an appointment to enroll in the program.
OFFICE OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION (OVR)
Students may qualify for tuition assistance if he or she has a disability. Contact your local OVR office in Pittsburgh for more information at 412.392.4950 or 1.800.442.6371.
SALLIE MAE CAREER TRAINING SMART OPTION STUDENT LOAN
This loan gives students the flexibility to choose from two repayment options for each new loan, offers competitive interest rates, and a Smart Reward of 2% cash back for Upromise members. Go to https://www.salliemae.com/student-loans/career-training-smart-option-student-loan/ for more information!
SELF PAY
Students have the option of making monthly payments for tuition and supplies if the training program is at least three months in length. Payments are due by the fifth of each month. Interested candidates can request a monthly payment plan when submitting an admission application. Forms of payment include cash, check, money order, and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover).
EMPLOYER PAID
Companies may send their employees to Forbes to upgrade their skills and prepare for advancement. Forbes can also provide specialized training focused on the needs of the employer. If the employer is funding the cost of the training, Forbes will make payment arrangements with the company or employer.
PA-TIP GRANT
Students may qualify for the Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program, or PA-TIP grant if they are enrolled in one of the following seven daytime programs: Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive Technology, Building Construction Technology, Collision Repair, Diesel Technology, Electrical Technology, or HVAC