Step 3: Review and accept award

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Once you have completed Step 2 - Submit Documents, the next step is to accept your award. While you are waiting for your award to process, you can learn how award amounts are determined.

How to accept your award

  1. Watch your dashboard

    You will receive a PCC email when your award is ready. To see your award, go to your your Financial Aid Dashboard in MyPCC and click Accept or decline your award.

  2. Accept terms and conditions

    In your award letter, read the Terms and Conditions tab, then click Accept. If you want to use financial aid at the bookstore, then check the Authorization to Deduct Charges box.

  3. Look at the award offer tab

    The amounts you see are calculated based on full time enrollment (12 credits per term). You'll want to review and adjust award amounts. Accept funds in the following order:

    1. Grants. The college accepts grants for you. Grants do not have to be repaid.
    2. Work Study. Work study is money earned through part-time work. Saying yes to work study is a better alternative than incurring loan debt.
    3. Loans. Accept loans after grants and work study. Accept subsidized loans first, then accept unsubsidized. Take only what you need for your education.
  4. Submit award

    Make sure that you have not left any award amounts undecided. Click Submit.

Need more help? Check out the step-by-step guide to accepting your award.

Taking out a student loan?

If you are taking out student loans, you may need to take additional steps - see financial aid loans.

When will your award be ready to review?

If you met the dates below for filling out the FAFSA and submitting additional documents, your award will be ready by the date shown below.

Financial aid timeline
Term you plan to start 2014-15 FAFSA submitted by Documents submitted by Award ready by
Summer 2014 February 15, 2014 April 15, 2014 June 2, 2014
Fall 2014 April 15, 2014 July 1, 2014 September 1, 2014
Winter 2015 July 15, 2014 September 1, 2014 December 1, 2014
Spring 2015 October 15, 2014 January 1, 2015 March 1, 2015

Awards for fall, winter, and spring are often sent out earlier than the dates listed above - check your email daily!

How to print your award letter

To view or print your award, use the link on the award tab of your Financial Aid Dashboard.

After accepting your award

After you complete all the steps above, you are ready to go to Step 4 - Receive Your Funds!