At PCC, students will be notified that they have exceeded the time frame at 78 attempted units because normal matriculation time to complete an AA/AS degree goal is two years. However, if there are exceptional circumstances presented in a petition or appeal, PCC could allow up to three years (90 attempted units). The change will allow PCC to establish a timeframe limit that corresponds to the published program length. The timeframe is applicable to the 2013-14 financial aid award year.
The PCC school code is 001261. Our mailing address is: Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., L114, Pasadena, CA 91106
PCC participates in most of the Federal and state financial aid programs such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Student loans and Cal Grants B and C. We also offer scholarships.
To apply for grants, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once the FAFSA is processed, PCC will electronically receive your information and then contact you through your PCC LancerPoint account.
PCC offers a wide variety of scholarships. Scholarship applications are generally available from October through February. Students can obtain the application at the financial aid office or download a PDF version at www.paccd.cc.ca.us. Additional scholarships are also listed in the PCC "Campus Crier" publication. Most of these scholarships are offered from off-campus sources.
Yes! There is a deadline. Students are selected for campus-based (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study) on a first come, first-served basis. Students with maximum Pell Grant eligibility will be chosen for campus-based funds first, but only up to the availability of these funds. To receive consideration for campus-based as well as the Cal Grant Entitlement/Competitive programs, students should apply by March 2.
Generally, students are notified by the email address from the FAFSA. Please notify the Office of Admissions & Records if there is a change in your email address. The financial aid office is not able to identify the student with an incorrect or undeliverable email address.
Award information (but not dollar amount) is e-mailed to you with your Financial Aid Award letter. Details on Disbursement information / award amounts can be obtained by logging onto your LancerPoint account. In addition, disbursement dates can be found on the Financial Aid web page in the Terms & Condition page.
If you are a California resident and have demonstrated financial need, you may qualify for the Board of Governors Fee Waver. This waiver will allow you to register without paying the enrollment fees for your courses. If you register for classes before you are assigned the fee waiver you will be mailed a refund check. However, it is advisable that you have the financial aid office process you for your fee waiver before you register for classes. You need to either present the confirmation page of your FAFSA or present a BOG Fee Waiver application, available on the web site. The fee waiver does not include the Associated Student's, Student Representation, or Student Health fees, and you must be sure to pay these fees.
California Residents: Enrollment fee: $46 per unit; Health fee: $13 ($11 during summer session); Student Representation fee: $1; Student Activties fee $10.
Non-resident/out-of-state tuition fees are $193/unit, plus in-state enrollment fee $46/unit; capital outlay of $16 per unit; $13 Health Fee; $1 ASB Fee and $10 Student Activity Fee per semester
To maintain eligibility for financial aid, you must maintain three (3) requirements: 1. A grade point average (G.P.A) of 2.0, 2. Complete the attempted units with acceptable grades (A, B, C, D, CR), 3. Complete your academic program in a timely manner. For more information regarding these requirements, refer to PCC's Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
You cannot receive federal aid from more than one school for the same period of enrollment; however, you may still qualify for the California Board of Governors (BOG) fee waiver while receiving financial aid at another school.
Yes. We strongly advise that you renew your FAFSA application on-line in January of every year. Please go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to do so.
The 1098-T Tax Form is automatically mailed out to the address that you have on file with the Records office. If for any reason the form may have been returned to sender, please check with the cashier's office. If you received the BOG Fee Waiver for all semesters you were enrolled then you will not receive a 1098-T.
If you are a dependent student, you must submit parental information. Special circumstances which may prevent you from submitting parental information may be discussed with a Financial Aid Advisor.
If your financial situation adversely changed because of unusual circumstances, you may file an Income Adjustment Appeal Form.
You can transfer your FAFSA information to different schools by adding the school code to your existing FAFSA as the top listed school.
Each college has its own Cost of Attendance (COA) which includes standardized allowances for tuition, housing, books, transportation and personal expenses for the school year. Students may not be awarded aid (including grants, scholarships, loans, Federal Work-Study, stipends and 3rd Party Sponsored Fee Waivers) above their Cost of Attendance.
Please visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department to meet with an advisor to discuss your situation.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the amount students and their families are reasonably expected to contribute toward the year's educational costs. The Student Aid Report (SAR) from your FAFSA application is used to calculate the EFC using a standard federal formula.
There are two ways to apply for a fee waiver. The best way to apply for a fee waiver is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. When you apply using the FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office may determine your eligibility for a fee waiver as well as other federal and state programs. Under some circumstances certain special programs like Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and CalWORKS also require you to submit the single page fee waiver application. If you are eligible, then all of your enrollment fees would be covered for fall, winter, spring and summer terms for that academic year. You would be required to renew your FAFSA application online and/or submit the new single page fee waiver application the following year after the new federal and single page fee waiver applications become available from the federal and state governments. Fee Waiver applications are also available online in our Forms page or at the Financial Aid Office.
To apply for a Cal Grant you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit a Grade Point Average (GPA) Form to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). If you have less than 16 college credits then your high school must complete the GPA Verification Form. If you have at least 16 college credits then PCC will automatically send your GPA electronically, provided that you have attended at least one term in the last academic year.
The file review is not actually a form that you need to fill out. It involves the adviser looking at your file to make sure that it is complete. This should happen automatically, so it is not something that you need to worry about.
Financial aid eligibility requires students to be enrolled in an eligible program. According to the US Department of Education, an eligible program is "organized instruction or study that leads to an academic, professional or vocational degree or certificate or other recognized educational credential." A transfer program to a four-year college also satisfies the defintion of enrollment in an eligible program.
An overpayment occurs when a student receives more financial aid than he/she was eligible for. Generally, overpayments are the result of changes in enrollment; e.g., full-time to half-time status or a complete withdraw from all classes. Overpayments can also occur when a student’s financial information changes or additional information such as academic transcripts are submitted after a grant or loan payment is made. For more information regarding financial aid overpayments, please see a Pasadena City College Financial Aid Advisor.
Please remember that a PIN number is an electronic method of "signing" your FAFSA but it is not the only way to certify your application. For example, you can submit your application online but opt to print, sign and mail a Signature Page through postal mail instead of using a PIN. The Department considers the receipt date and time of your FAFSA to be when you successfully submit your online application and this is recorded on the Confirmation Page. Please print a copy for your records. The date/time stamp is valid provided that your Signature Page is received within 14 days of transmission.
If you have lost or forgotten your PIN, you need to request a duplicate. You can request a duplicate PIN at www.pin.ed.gov and click on "Request A Duplicate PIN". You can choose to receive your duplicate PIN by e-mail, postal mail, or you may choose to view it instantly online.
You may submit a FAFSA starting January 1st thru March 2nd of each year to meet priority filing deadline. If you miss the priority filing deadline of March 2nd, you can still file a FAFSA, but you may not be considered for certain state and institutional grants.
No, your application will be rejected for missing the signature. As a result, you may miss important deadlines. If it is determined that you are an independent student on the FAFSA, the federal processor is required to collect your signature. If you are dependent student on the FAFSA, both you and at least one parent must sign.
The PIN is issued by the U.S. Department of Education. The PIN allows you to retrieve and update your records at certain federal student aid websites and it serves as an electronic signature for applications like the FAFSA. For example, you can use the PIN to sign and submit a FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA, and to make corrections to a previous application. A parent can also apply for one PIN number for all his/her dependent children.
If you have never been issued a PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov and click on "Apply for a PIN." You will be assigned a PIN instantly. After you receive the PIN assigned to you, we recommend you change it to something easy to remember.
You must be able to answer "Yes" to at least one of the conditions in the dependency section of the FAFSA to be considered "Independent". You can complete the dependency status worksheet through the FAFSA website to determine if you are considered a dependent student. Financial independence alone does not make a student "independent" even if you file your own tax return or if you live on your own. If you feel that you have unusual circumstances, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Department at Pasadena City College.
At PCC, students are responsible for making sure that they are seeking lending opportunities that demonstrate a reasonable repayment alternative and to also be aware that PCC will determine if a student borrower demonstrates responsible educational intent. Please read the Alternative Loan Certification document for more important information on this topic.
Federal student loans are part of a financial aid package. To apply you must complete the FAFSA. To submit their request for a loan, students must complete a separate application. While PCC does not encourage borrowing, interested students must also educate themselves about the loan program by attending loan entrance counseling. The loan application will not be accepted until the entrance requirement has been successfully completed. For further information, please contact the financial aid office.
Yes. A loan is an obligation and usually contains a promise to repay. However, students should consider incentives offered by federal programs. These incentives can pay the loan in full or reduce the amount owed.
Subsidized Stafford Loans are for students with financial need. The federal government pays the interest only while you are enrolled at least half-time. Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are for qualified students regardless of income or assets. You are responsible for any interest accrued from the date the loan is disbursed to when the loan is repaid.
To maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress you must:
Acceptable grades are: A, B, C, D, CR, P, RD
Unacceptable grades are: F, I, W*, NP, NC
*Includes no record drops
A student is on financial aid probation if:
We recommend all students enroll in Counseling 10, Introduction to College, Counseling 11, Learning Strategies and College Skills Devleopment. Students must also see success as completing all units attempted with acceptable grades. For purposes of financial aid, W's, F's and INC's are not acceptable grades.
You are disqualified when you receive:
Satisfactory Academic Progress is an eligibility requirement for federal or state financial aid. It will apply even if you never received financial aid. To achieve satisfactory academic progress, students are expected to complete their objective (degree, certificate, or transfer) in a timely manner. Since academic progress rules can occur at any point during your education, failing to meet these requirements could lead to termination of your financial aid at PCC.
Your user name is automatically assigned to you. In general, your user name will be the initial of your first name with your last name, and possibly a number(s) on the end.
You can look up your LancerPoint ID at https://reset.pasadena.edu/LookupID.asp, by typing in your PCC ID Number (which is the last 8 digits on your LancerCard) and your last name. Your IIN is printed on your original PCC enrollment receipt, which was either given, mailed or e-mailed to you when you first enrolled at the college.
Your Password is created by you when you first activate your LancerPoint account. If you forget your password you can reset it at https://reset.pasadena.edu/Identify.asp?Action=reset.
If you see a disbursement listed in your LancerPoint Award Payment Schedule section (under the "Tuition and Aid" tab), there will be a date next to it. This is not the date that you will be receiving the disbursement. This is a processing date. You will receive the disbursement some time after that date. Please see the disbursement schedule for disbursement dates.
No. Financial aid is a supplement and only covers costs related to educational expenses. Those costs are: fees, books and supplies, a reasonable amount for room and board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.
The amount of financial aid can vary from student-to-student or family-to-family. In order to determine the amount of financial aid you can receive, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may apply via the internet at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
When your FAFSA is processed, the U.S. Department of Education calculates what you and your family is expected to contribute to your education or you Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This formula is what the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will use to determine how much financial aid you can receive. The amount of aid you receive is contingent upon your level of enrollment. A minimum of six units are required per semester to qualify for most aid programs.
You may be eligible for a recalculation of your contribution based on special circumstances such as change or loss of employment, or unusual medical, dental expenses.
Your Financial Aid Interviewer is assigned based on your last name (see below).
Financial Aid Interviewers are available Monday-Friday 9:00 am-12 noon and 2:00pm-4:00pm
|Last Name||Financial Aid Interviewer||Last Name||Financial Aid Interviewer|
|A-D||Anita Sum||L-P||Han Dao|
|E-K||Elizabeth Garcia||Q-Z||Rebecca Arden|
It will take approximately three weeks to receive notification after you submit a completed financial aid application. Most students who work closely with their Financial Aid Interviewer receive their funds at the beginning of the semester or just before their departure date.
No. All payments are the responsibility of the student.
The most common delay is Satisfactory Academic Progress. Before you receive notification of an award, we must determine if you are making Satisfactory Academic Progress and are enrolled at PCC as a regular student. We review each student's grade point average (GPA), unit completion rate and the number of units attempted. For more information regarding academic progress, please please see Terms & Conditions of Financial Aid award under Finanical Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
With the exception of the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW), PCC does not provide financial aid for the summer or winter. We recommend that interested students enrolled in the previous fall and spring terms complete the FAFSA for financial aid consideration during either of those terms. Prior term eligibility is subject to applicable processing deadlines.
Pasadena City Colleges Federal School Code is 001261
Your IRS Tax Transcripts are necessary in order to verify the information submitted on your FAFSA.
The Department of Education requires that all schools providing financial aid select a percentage of financial aid applicants to verify information on the FAFSA. If selected for verification, you must submit all requested documents to be considered for aid.
PCC participates in the Federal and state work-study programs. To apply you must complete the FAFSA form. Because these funds are limited, we recommend interested students apply for financial aid no later than March 2. If funds are available, you will receive a work-study offer up to the amount of your eligibility. Some jobs require a background check.
As a Federal Work-Study employee, you'll be paid by the hour. At PCC you are paid twice a month according to the Payroll Schedule. Students are paid directly by mail. Work-Study funds must be used to pay for your educational expenses; i.e., tuition, fees, room and board, transportation and other school-related expenses.
It's simple! All you do to apply for Federal Work-Study is complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you apply by March 2nd you may be considered for Federal Work-Study funds. Additional qualifications include: financial need, US Citizenship or eligible non-citizen (permanent resident), half-time; enrollment (6 units) satisfactory academic progress and you may not be in default on a student loan or owe a grant repayment. Funds are subject to availabiliity.
You can view on and off campus Work-Study job opportunities at the website below. After you find a job you are interested in, speak to the Work-Study coordinator at the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid (L-114). At this meeting, you will be given information to refer you to the employer. You cannot start work until you receive a signed referral from the work-study coordinator. Student employment is at the discretion of the work program supervisor.