Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA)

Category: Online / Vocational | State: PA

About Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA)

PIA is renowned as one of the foremost educators of Aviation Maintenance and Aviation Electronics Technologies in the nation. Since 1929, PIA has graduated over 38,000 individuals with FAA Airframe & Powerplant Certifications or FCC General RadioTelephone Licenses. In August 2018, PIA was ranked the #1 trade school in the country by FORBES.

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Why attend Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA)

PIA provides an avenue for Veterans to utilize skills developed in service of this country while earning the knowledge and certifications necessary for careers in aircraft repair, robotics, manufacturing and many other hands-on careers. Veterans receive excellent career placement assistance, with 95% placement from June 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017 in the aviation industry or fields directly related to a PIA education.


Top Degrees

plaeholder-teamAvionics Maintenance Technology/Technician

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of aircraft operating, control, and electronic systems. Includes instruction in flight instrumentation, aircraft communications and homing systems, radar and other sensory systems, navigation aids, and specialized systems for various types of civilian and military aircraft.

Undergraduate Graduate
In State Out of State In State Out of State
Tuition $16,500 $16,500 N/A N/A
Fees $150 $150 N/A N/A
Room N/A N/A N/A N/A
Board N/A N/A N/A N/A
Books $1,400 $1,400 N/A N/A
Other Expenses $600 $600 N/A N/A
Totals $18,650 $18,650 N/A N/A
  • Approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Signed the VA's Principles of Excellence for serving veterans and service members
  • Utilize the Federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on CLEP exam
  • Award college credit for military training and experience according to the ACE recommendation guidelines
  • Provide admissions events or special admissions information sessions customized for prospective students who are military service members
  • Customized student orientation program for military students
  • Compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act")
  • Active duty or reserve military student returns without penalty after deployment
  • Returning student receive reimbursement or remission of course fees
  • Offers weekend programs
  • Formal policy in place regarding business conduct and compliance when admitting, educating, advising, and placing military and/or veteran students
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Career planning services
  • Mental health counseling
  • Accommodations for military students with disabilities
  • Full-time veteran counselors or advisors on staff
  • Campus/social networking events planned specifically for veterans?
  • Specialized career guidance counseling or other programs to help military students identify careers to pursue
  • Industry-employer relationship programs available to active duty military students and veterans to assist with post-graduate employment outcomes