- Full and part-time students may apply for financial aid to take credit classes.
- Audited and noncredit classes are not eligible for financial aid.
Complete the FAFSA application. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is the key component to the entire financial aid process. Follow the three steps below to file your FAFSA online.
Step 1: Before you begin make sure you have:
- The previous year's income tax return(s)
- Social Security number(s)
- Date(s) of birth
- Marital status date(s)
Your parent(s) will need to be involved in this process if you are under the age of 24 and considered a dependent student. Your parents' federal tax information and signature will be required.
Step 2: Obtain a Federal Student Aid PIN. This PIN (personal identification number) allows you to sign, file and access your FAFSA information online. If you are a dependent student, your parent(s) must also obtain a PIN.
Step 3: Complete the FAFSA Online. In order for PVCC to receive a copy of your FAFSA you will need to enter PVCC's school code 009928 on the application.
It typically takes several weeks for your filed FAFSA to be processed by the U.S. Department of Education and reviewed by PVCC for financial aid eligibility.
NOTE: The FAFSA application covers only one academic year (fall, spring, summer), so you will need to complete a new one each year.
Review Your Student Aid Report (SAR)
After you file the FAFSA, the U.S. government will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR) based on the information you supplied. Check the SAR for accuracy. If there are errors, you will need to update your FAFSA promptly to ensure timely processing of the financial aid award.
Review Your Award Letter from PVCC.
You will receive a letter through U.S. postal services from PVCC indicating whether financial aid will be awarded to you, the types of financial aid offered (grants, loans, etc.) and how much aid you will receive. (This combination of aid is called your financial aid package.) Review the award letter carefully. You are assumed to accept your financial aid package unless you contact the PVCC Financial Aid Office to decline assistance. If you are offered a loan and wish to accept it, complete the loan request form enclosed with your award letter. Be sure to follow the instructions.
Continue Steps to Enroll. You are responsible for tuition and fees not covered by your financial aid package.