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Types of Scholarships

PCC Institutional Scholarships

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About: Pima’s Earn to Learn Scholarship - Established in 2013, Earn to Learn operates the largest and most successful matched-savings scholarship program in the nation. Earn to Learn combines scholarships, financial education and college success coaching to help low- and moderate-income students graduate from college with little or no student loan debt. Eligible students who save up to $500 and are admitted to PCC are eligible for matching funds of up to $4,000 to pay for tuition, fees and school-related expenses, an $8-to-$1 match.

The program is open to both current and new students who will be enrolled at PCC in Fall 2021. Beyond income-qualification, Earn to Learn Scholars must complete financial literacy training and the 2021-22 FAFSA. Students also are expected to complete 30 credits by the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Students who transfer from Pima can remain in Earn to Learn if they attend one of the state’s three public universities. A student may be part of the Earn to Learn program for up to four years.

Complete the Fall 2021 Early Interest Form at Earn to Learn. Stay tuned for the upcoming deadline!

About: Deadline extended to April 30, 2020 – Awarded to Pima County graduating seniors who graduate with a 3.5 GPA or better, or GED average test score of 165 or higher. Students must show on their application they have experience with leadership and/or community service. You must be a resident of Pima County, eligible for general (in-state) tuition, and have not already received another tuition waiver or similar form of aid. Students must be enrolled at PCC for the Fall semester immediately following high school graduation.
About: Deadline extended to April 30, 2020 - Awarded to new and returning PCC students that are Pima county residents, and have achieved success both academically and civically. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher at their most recently attended school, and must submit documentation of already completed community service/volunteer work.

About: Awarded to Pima County residents who have recently completed their GED, between 7/1/17 and 6/30/20. Eligible applicants must have completed their GED with an average test score of 145 or higher. Applicants do not need to be a resident of Pima County; however, Pima County residents are given preference. Applicants must not have already received another tuition waiver or similar form of aid. Students must be enrolled at PCC for the Fall 2020 semester.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a GED with an average test score of 145 or higher and cannot accept another tuition waiver or other form of aid.

PCC Foundation Scholarships

Pima alumni and other generous donors throughout Arizona create and contribute to a variety of scholarships. Programs change by semester. You can apply now for current offerings through Pima’s Scholarship Portal ScholarshipUniverse.

External Scholarships

Pima’s Scholarship Portal lists Pima, Pima Foundation, and many local and national scholarships for which you can apply. We suggest beginning your search with regional/local scholarships, as there’s less competition, and then broadening to national scholarships.

Outside donor scholarship funds are available through community groups, organizations and companies throughout the state of Arizona. We suggest you ask about scholarships from your employer, your parents’ employer, your church, your bank, any other club or organization you are involved in.

If you are awarded a scholarship from an external donor, your funds will be sent either to Pima or to you.

Scholarship checks should be made payable to Pima Community College and reference the recipient’s name(s) and student ID number(s) at the bottom of the check. Note: making checks co-payable between the student and the college will delay disbursement of the scholarship funds to the student’s account.

Please mail all scholarship checks and the completed Scholarship Designation Form to:

(Please note the mailing address has changed effective July 30, 2020. Do not mail any scholarship checks to any other PCC campus locations because it will delay the process.) 

Pima Community College
Attn: Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS)
4905 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85709-1110

Fax: (520) 206-4566

Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to be processed and applied to student account balances.  Scholarship disbursements may occur one day prior to the start of the term. For specific disbursement dates visit the Disbursements and Refunds page.

More information

  • If funds are sent to Pima, the Scholarship Office will be notified before the funds are sent to Financial Aid and posted to your account.
  • For awards sent to you directly, you may deposit the check in your account, and you must report the aid to the Financial Aid Office.
  • For any award made out to both you and Pima, you must endorse the check and turn it into the Scholarship Office to be posted to your account. This takes around 5-10 days. 

If you are a student recipient of a non-PCC scholarship, contact the scholarship donor to verify that the funds have been mailed to PCC. If your donor says the funds have been sent to PCC, please call the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at at 520.206.4950, or email

Check back on a regular basis as scholarships are always added to this page. Continue your scholarship search on the Scholarship Searches page. 

Applying for scholarships

Before applying to anything, be aware that some scholarship offers are scams. We’ve created a list of Scholarship resources and tips to help in your application process. 

Scholarship questions

If you are a recipient of a Pima scholarship, please check ScholarshipUniverse to verify the award status. You may also check your Financial Aid page in MyPima to see if the award is pending or if it has been disbursed.

For additional questions, please contact

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