Applying for 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 April 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 tab for any requirements (red flags) that you need to take care of. Flags normally begin to appear in April.
Step 5: Complete your SALT course to help determine if you need student loans and what amount you need to borrow.
Step 6: Watch for an email letting you know that you have been awarded.
Step 7: Attend your annual Financial Aid Orientation. Sessions begin in May for the new year and are held at every campus. The online Orientation is available in June.
Step 8: 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 9: If you accepted loans, complete your Entrance Counseling and MPN which are now listed as red flags on your MyPima account.
Step 10: Elect to participate in the book voucher or book advance program so you can get your books and other supplies BEFORE classes start.
Step 11: 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.
Step 12: 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 13: Sign up for e-refund so excess funds will be sent to you faster. Checks in the mail take a couple more days.
Step 14: Congratulations! You did it! Now remember to repeat steps 1-13 again for next year’s financial aid.
Note: If you are a dual enrollment student (taking classes at two schools during one semester), 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.