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FAFSA Simplification

The 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at We are excited to announce the processing for the 2024-2025 academic year has begun. Check your MyPima account and PCC student email account for updates. If you qualify for a Pell Grant, feel free to use the Pell Grant Estimator as you prepare for the Fall semester.

What you can expect

  1. FAFSA Receipt Begins


    Pima Community College (PCC) began receiving FAFSAs for applicants who selected PCC as a school from the U.S. Department of Education. We continue to receive FAFSAs on a daily basis. Use school code 007266 to send your FAFSA to PCC when you apply.

  2. FAFSA Processing Begins


    FAFSA processing has begun and emailed letters are being sent to the applicants confirming receipt of their FAFSA. The 2024-2025 financial aid requirements are ready for review on MyPima/Financial Aid and Scholarships.

  3. Award Processing Begins

    Financial aid awards and scholarships have begun posting to student records for students who have completed all the financial aid requirements, and who meet the aid and scholarship eligibility criteria. Loan offers have begun posting, however, accepting or declining the loan offer begins in July.
  4. Aid Disbursements Begin


    Financial aid and scholarship funds begin to be disbursed to the student account according to class start date. Visit the Disbursements and Refunds webpage for aid specific dates.

What Changed

  • Federal Student Aid Estimator Tool to help students find out how much federal student aid they may be eligible for 2024-2025. Access the Federal Student Aid Estimator here
  • Students' spouses, parents and stepparents who do not have an SSN can obtain an FSA ID to participate as a contributor on the 2024-2025 FAFSA. Click here to access a guide on How to Get an FSAID for Individuals Without a Social Security Number. The Spanish version of the flier is available here.
  • The student aid index (SAI) replaces the expected family contribution (EFC).
  • Family size will be determined by the student/parent tax return. There will be an opportunity to update the size if it has changed.
  • The use of IRS tax data streamlines the process for calculating the SAI and Pell Grant eligibility by using the direct data exchange in place of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).
  • Pell Grant eligibility will be determined using the family size and federal poverty level.
  • A dependent student whose parents are divorced or separated will report the income for the parent who provides the most financial support regardless of whom the student lives with.
  • Incarcerated students will regain Pell Grant eligibility.
  • Pell Grant eligibility will be restored to students affected by school closures while enrolled or who were misled.
  • Changes to the cost of attendance (COA) components and language.

How the changes impact our service to you

  • A student information system upgrade that is being implemented throughout the 2023 and beginning of the 2024 calendar years.
  • A processing start date in the second quarter of the 2024 calendar year.
  • A proactive approach for assisting students with special or unusual circumstances.
  • The calculation of aid using the SAI. 

Changes Between Aid Years



Student Aid Index (SAI)

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Lowest SAI: -$1,500

Lowest EFC: $0

Cost of Attendance (COA)-SAI=Financial Need

Cost of Attendance (COA)-EFC=Financial Need



Direct Data Exchange (DDX)

IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS)

Student Aid Report (SAR)

Student Aid Index (SAI): An eligibility index number used by the financial aid office to determine how much federal student aid you would receive if you attended the school.

Contributor: Anyone who is required to provide information on the FAFSA form, sign the FAFSA form, and provide consent and approval to have their federal tax information transferred directly from the IRS into the form. Contributors include you, your spouse (if you’re married); your biological or adoptive parent, or your parent’s spouse (if you are under 24 years of age and are considered a dependent student). 

Direct Data Exchange (DDX):  Direct Data Exchange between the IRS and the Department of Educations’ Federal Student Aid enabling information to come in directly from the IRS which simplifies the financial data entry process for contributors.

FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS): An electronic or paper document that summarizes the information you reported on your FAFSA. It includes your estimated eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant and federal student loans, your Student Aid Index (SAI), and whether you’ve been selected for verification.


What is the FAFSA Simplification Act?

How to Get an FSAID for Individuals Without a Social Security Number (guide)

Como obtener un FSAID para personas sin un Numero de Seguro Social (SSN)

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