Receiving financial aid while attending two colleges
If you are simultaneously enrolled at PCC and another school, you may be able to receive financial aid under a consortium agreement between PCC and the other school. With a consortium agreement, you can combine the hours at both institutions to determine your financial aid eligibility. For example, if you are enrolled at PCC for nine credits and at PSU for three credits, then you could receive financial aid as a full time student: 9 credits + 3 credits = 12 credits.
How to set up a consortium agreement
To receive aid for classes at two schools, you'll need to file a consortium agreement form with one of the schools. Consortium agreements are only valid for one term, so you need to file a new agreement for every term that you are co-enrolled. Here's how:
Decide which school is your "home school" and which is your "host school"
- Home school: your home school is responsible for disbursing your financial aid. Most schools require you to be enrolled in at least six credits before they will allow you to declare them your home school. If you plan to make PCC your home school, be aware that you will not be eligible to take upper division courses at your host school. Upper division courses usually have course numbers of 300 and higher, for example: Biology 301 or Philosophy 418.
- Host school: your host school is the other school where you are going to take classes. Your host school can be any financial aid eligible college or university. If you are unsure whether the school is financial aid eligible, contact their admissions office.
File a Consortium Agreement with your host school
Contact your home school to get a copy of the consortium agreement, then send it to your host school.
- If PCC is your home school: download the Consortium Agreement and take it to the financial aid office at your host school. Your host school will return the form to us.
- If PCC is your host school: get a consortium agreement from your home school and submit it to any PCC Financial Aid Office. We will complete our part and then fax it to your home school.
Definitions of confusing terms
There several similar sounding terms that are used to describe students who attend more than one college or university. If you plan to take courses at more than one school you should know the following terms:
- Co-admitted: means you have completed the admissions process at more than one school. It doesn’t mean you are registered for classes or that your enrollment will count for financial aid purposes.
- Co-enrolled: means you have registered for classes at more than one school. You must be co-admitted before you can be co-enrolled.
- Dual-enrolled: means the same as co-enrolled - you have registered for courses at more than one school.
- Consortium: is an agreement schools make for students who are co-enrolled in more than one college or university. A consortium agreement declares which school is the home and which is the host, and it enables both courses to be counted toward your financial aid eligibility.