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COVID-19: Financial Aid Resources

These resources can provide support if you and your family have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. For additional questions and support, please contact the Financial Aid office

Note: Please confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements of these resources before applying. 

Are you or your parents experiencing financial hardship due to changes in employment status that is affecting your ability to attend Pima Community College? We would like to have the opportunity to reconsider your eligibility for financial aid.

If you:

  • Were initially not eligible for financial aid or eligible for reduced portions due to exceeding income thresholds, and
  • Your family has experienced reduction in the income that was reported on your FAFSA due to lay-off, furlough, company shutdown, or similar circumstances,

You can request an income reassessment task to be opened in your financial aid portal. >>

The reassessment will be based on your family’s current financial situation within the parameters of existing policies, federal regulations and the availability of funds. Supporting documentation will be required.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford broadband internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides:

  • Up to $50/month discount for broadband service;
  • Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who is Eligible?

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Documentation

If you participate in one of the qualifying programs, provide a letter or official document as proof. Documentation must include:

  • Your (or your dependent’s) first and last name
  • The name of the qualifying program, such as SNAP
  • The name of the government, Tribal entity, program administrator, school, school district, university, or college that issued the document
  • An issue date within the last 12 months or a future expiration date

For the Free and Reduced Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, documents can be from either the 2019-2020 or the 2020-2021 school years.

For Federal Pell Grants, documents should be from the current award year.

Document Examples:

  • Benefit award letter
  • Approval letter
  • Statement of benefits
  • Benefit verification letter

For Federal Pell Grants, documents should be from this academic year and can include screenshots of a StudentAid.gov dashboard or a copy of the email sent by the Department of Education about the EBB Program.

Three Ways to Apply

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process,
  2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you, or
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to:

Emergency Broadband Support Center

P.O. Box 7081

London, KY 40742

Check out www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit for a Consumer FAQ and other program resources.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service has temporarily expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for college students due to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

Eligibility

You must be enrolled at least half-time (at least 6 credits) and

  • Have a 0 expected family contribution (EFC), or 
  • Be eligible for participation in the Federal Work Study (FWS) program.

Documentation

The documents that reflect your enrollment status, EFC and FWS eligibility can be found through your MyPima account or the Federal Student Aid website.

  • Enrollment - Access your course schedule through MyPima>Students>Academics>MySchedule.

  • EFC - Access your current Student Aid Report (SAR) through the StudentAid.gov website.

  • FWS - While we were unable to hire students this academic year, if you were eligible for the FWS program then you will have the FWS program information link at MyPima>Financial Aid>Financial Aid>Financial Aid Requirements.

SNAP Contact Information

There are other criteria that students must meet through the SNAP application process. Please visit the state’s SNAP website or contact your local SNAP office for additional information:

There is a Special Enrollment Period through August 15, 2021 to enroll in or change a health care plan, including lower cost plans. The eligibility criteria varies, please visit HealthCare.gov to apply and for more information. Additionally, there is local assistance if you need help with the application.

Pandemic unemployment assistance is available for many workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including for workers who are not ordinarily eligible for unemployment benefits.

To receive assistance, you must have been a full-time student who worked part-time and is unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to one of the COVID-19 related reasons. To apply:

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