Step 4: Receive your funds

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If you're getting more money than you owe in tuition and fees, you'll receive a "financial aid refund". After completing Step 3 - Review and Accept Award, follow the steps below to receive your funds.

Need books? Did you know most students can charge books to financial aid - even before their money is disbursed? It's true, and it's awesome!

How to get your money

  1. Watch your PCC email

    Soon after accepting your award, you'll get an email about MyRefunds.

  2. Choose your refund method

    Tell us how you want to receive your money. Do this by the Friday before term begins. If you don't, your refund will be delayed by up to two weeks.

    1. Log in to the MyPCC Paying for College tab.
    2. Click MyRefunds in the Financial Aid channel.
  3. Wait for disbursement

    On the disbursement dates shown below, check your My Account channel in MyPCC to see refund amounts.

  4. Get your money (it takes 1 to 3 days)

    Your refund will be delivered to your account within 1 to 3 business days - see MyRefunds for more info. You'll get an email when your refund has been delivered.

Disbursement schedule

Different funds are disbursed at different times. Find your fund below to see when it will be disbursed. Don't forget you can charge books to financial aid before your money is disbursed.

 Type of fund Summer
Work Study funds are disbursed in paychecks throughout the term
Grants July 3 October 2 January 15 April 9
Direct Loan, 1st-time borrower
Disbursement for 1st-time borrowers is delayed 30 days.
July 24 October 23 February 5 April 30
Direct one-term Loan, 2nd disbursement
One-term loans are distributed in two disbursements.
The 2nd disbursement is the mid-point in the term.
August 1 November 4 February 13 May 8

What if the amount disbursed doesn't cover your charges?

Tuition and fees not covered by financial aid must be paid by you - see ways to pay.

Note: the amount disbursed may be less than the amount in your award letter

The amounts shown in your award letter are based on full-time enrollment (12 credits per term). If you are enrolled for fewer than 12 credits when your funds are disbursed, your award amounts might have been adjusted. If you have questions about your award amounts, contact the Financial Aid Office.

After you receive your funds...

After you get your funds, make sure you keep your funds: learn more at Step 5 - Maintain Eligibility.