How to Apply for Financial Aid
Applying for financial aid is pretty easy! You must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. In that form, indicate that you want Pima Community College to receive your FAFSA data by entering our school code of 007266. After we get your FAFSA data, we will place action items (red flags) that you need to take care of on your MyPima Financial Aid tab. After all red flags are submitted (they turn to green checks) we can determine your financial aid package.
You must complete the FAFSA annually. Since funding is limited in certain grant programs, we highly suggest you complete your FAFSA no later than April 1st to have the best chance of receiving those funds.
If you need help completing your FAFSA, you can visit any PCC campus and we will gladly assist you. You can also use the Department of Education’s FAFSA FAQ page.
Steps to Apply:
Step 1: Complete the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov after Jan 1st (but before March 1st if you want to make our priority filing deadline.) ;Our school code is 007266.
Step 2: Examine the Student Aid Report (the FAFSA results) that was emailed to you. Make sure there were no errors or omissions.
Step 3: In March, the Department of Education will send to PCC your FAFSA data.
Step 4: Watch your MyPima financial aid information for any requirements (red flags) that you need to take care of. Flags normally begin to appear in April and should be completed right away. They become a green check once completed. We suggest you have all green checks in your requirements section by July 1 for fall semester, November 1 for spring semester and April 1 for summer semester.
Step 5: We HIGHLY SUGGEST you complete a SALT course to help you manage your financial aid and determine if you need student loans and the amount you need to borrow. First year students should complete the SALT Budgeting course. Second year students should complete the the SALT Credit and Debt Management course. Both courses will help ensure you have control of your finances.
Step 6: After you have all green check marks, watch for an email letting you know that you have been awarded.
Step 7: Accept your loan offer on MyPima. Loan offers begin in July after the Department of Education sets the interest rate for the upcoming school year.
Step 8: If you accepted loans, complete your Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) which are now listed as red flags on your MyPima account.
Step 9: Sign up for e-refund in so excess funds will be sent to you faster. Checks in the mail take a couple more days.
Step 10: Consider participating in the book voucher or book advance program so you can get your books and other supplies before classes start.
Step 11: Begin attending your classes. Funds will start to disburse after the add/drop deadline and your attendance in your classes has been confirmed. Loans won’t disburse until you have started in 6+ credits.
Step 12: Congratulations! You did it! Remember to repeat these steps again for next year’s financial aid. Please note: for the 2017-2018 academic year, the timeline will change a little as the FAFSA will become available October 1, 2016 and will use your 2015 tax information.
NOTE: If you get stuck at any step and have not been awarded by the payment deadline, you must make payment arrangements so your classes are not dropped.
Taking Classes at Two Colleges
If you are taking classes at two schools during one semester (e.g., PCC and the University of Arizona), you can only get financial aid from the school that you will be graduating from. You will want to contact that school’s Financial Aid Office for a Consortium Agreement. This is a form that notifies both schools of the courses you are taking at each institution and who will be disbursing the financial aid. If you accidentally get financial aid disbursed to you from both schools, you will have to reimburse one of the schools. Let us know in advance if you are in this situation so we can prevent funds from disbursing at PCC.