Step 1: Apply for financial aid

What is financial aid?

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Financial aid includes grants, loans and work study offered to help a student meet their college expenses. Federal student aid includes:

gift aid that doesn't have to be repaid
borrowed money that you must repay with interest
Work study:
money earned at a part-time job

How to apply

Applying for financial aid is easy and confidential. You'll need to provide information about your income and benefits. You might find it helpful to use the Pre-Application Worksheet.

  1. Complete the FAFSA

    The application for financial aid is called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA. Complete the FAFSA online.

    • Use your legal name exactly as it appears on your social security card
    • In the school section, you must enter PCC's school code: 003213
  2. Get admitted to PCC

    If you haven't taken a class at PCC in the last two years, you need to apply for admission. When you complete the admissions form, choose a program that is eligible for financial aid.

When to apply

The best time to apply is as soon after January 1 as possible for the following academic year. Applications are accepted after that time, but funds are limited. You must reapply each year for financial aid.

Financial aid timeline
Term you plan to start Submit 2013-14 FAFSA by
Winter 2014 July 15, 2013
Spring 2014 October 15, 2013
Term you plan to start Submit 2014-15 FAFSA by
Summer 2014 February 15, 2014
Fall 2014 April 15, 2014
Winter 2015 July 15, 2014
Spring 2015 October 15, 2014

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for financial aid, you must meet the following criteria. See more about federal aid eligibility criteria.

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if required
  • Be working toward an eligible degree or certificate at PCC
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress (see more about this in maintaining eligibility)
  • Not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal education loan

How much aid will you get?

The amount of financial aid that a student receives is directly related to how much it costs to attend college. If you are curious, you can read how a financial aid award is determined. On that page, you'll see standard budgets for full time enrollment at PCC. We can predict the cost of attendance at PCC, but we can't estimate how much financial aid you will receive until you submit your FAFSA. After we get the results of your FAFSA, we will let you know how much aid you are eligible to receive toward your educational costs.

Wondering about scholarships? There are additional application processes when seeking scholarships. There are thousands of scholarships available for all kinds of students, from all kinds of organizations. Read more about finding and applying for scholarships.

After you submit your FAFSA

  1. A confirmation page will be sent to the email address you provided when you filled out the FAFSA.
  2. In three to five days, you'll receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR summarizes all the information you provided on your FAFSA.  Look over your SAR to make sure you didn't make any mistakes on the FAFSA. To make changes, log back in to
  3. Go on to Step 2 - Submit Documents.