Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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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 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 box for Yes next to Authorization to Deduct Charges.

  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. Limited gift aid that doesn't have to be repaid. The college accepts grants for you.
    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 unsubsidized. Loans are limited and must be repaid, so 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 loan?

If taking out a student loan, you may need to take additional steps: see financial aid loans.

When will your award be ready to review?

If you met the dates for the FAFSA and documents, your award will be sent by the dates below.

Financial aid timeline
Term you plan
to start
2016-17 FAFSA
submitted by
Documents submitted by Award ready by
Summer 2016 February 15, 2016 April 15, 2016 June 2, 2016
Fall 2016 April 15, 2016 July 1, 2016 September 1, 2016
Winter 2017 October 15, 2016 November 15, 2016 December 1, 2016
Spring 2017 January 1, 2017 February 1, 2017 March 1, 2017

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

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Print your award from your dashboard

Printing your award

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

After you accept

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