Tuition and Cost to Attend Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

Annual Total Cost

The annual total list price cost to go to Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics was $29,663 for the 2013/2014 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Pennsylvania residence status as there is no in-state discount. The breakdown of this total cost is detailed as follows.

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is $18,975 for the 2013/2014 academic year. This is 35% more expensive than the national average college tuition of $14,023. Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 11th on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The cost is $6,264 and 49% more expensive than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $12,711 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 72nd in Pennsylvania amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 7th most expensive 2 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional "other" fee of $150 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $19,125.

Housing Costs

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics doesn't provide on campus housing, however unless you're living with family you will need to budget for food and housing near West Mifflin just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated room and board expense for academic year for off campus housing is $7,638.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,900.

Cost Itemization

Costs and Tuition Detail for Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
Expenditure Price
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost$29,663
Non-Resident Total Cost$29,663
   In-State Tuition$18,975
   Out-of-State Tuition$18,975
   Other Fees$150
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$7,638
   Books and Supplies$2,900

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.


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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $29,663 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out of pocket price you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics net price for in-state students receiving aid was $22,320* for the 2010/2011 academic year.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

66% of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics students received grant aid in 2010/2011 to help defray the cost of tuition. The average total aid amount was $5,896. 59 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $4,901. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$22,320*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid66%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,896
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants59%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,901

Average Financial Aid Mix - $29,663 In-State Total Cost

Estimated coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $29,663. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


 20% - $5,896

Grants and Scholarships

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education or Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

 25% - $7,561

Federal Loans

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

 55% -  $16,206

Out of Pocket

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is $59,326 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $22,320 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $44,640**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 72% of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $7,561.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $44,640, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $55,931.10. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 66% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $22,320. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$466.09
Amount Borrowed$44,640.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$11,291.10
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$55,931.10

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $55,931.10 would be needed to afford a $466.09 monthly payment in the example $44,640.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is a private not for profit institution.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $10,155 to $14,865. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 9.3%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 2 year cost of $59,326.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019$38,805$77,610
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024$49,526$99,052
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 $63,209$126,418
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 $73,172$146,344

Tuition History

What was tuition at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Cost for Popular Majors

Below are the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics ranked by degrees conferred during the 2010/2011 academic year along with their estimated total program cost. Please consult the school's website for further information as actual costs for specific program may vary. Price estimates assume graduation in normal time. Our methodology for estimating these costs is a two or four year multiple of the current one year tuition and living cost of $29,663. Associates degrees are assumed to be completed in two years and bachelors degrees are assumed to take four years.

Area of Study Graduates Estimated Degree + Living Expense Cost
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 82 $59,326
2 year estimate
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 20 $59,326
2 year estimate
Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology, Other Associate's Degree 3 $59,326
2 year estimate

About Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is a two year private college located in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 336 and part time is 0.  Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

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Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
5 Allegheny County Airport
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania


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