About Financial Aid
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Financial Aid Information
Financial aid for PCC students is available from federal, state, local, and institutional programs in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study to assist students in meeting some but not all of the cost associated with attending Pasadena City College.
Financial aid awards are based on demonstrated financial need, which is the difference between the family's expected contribution plus the student's own resources, and the allowable educational expenses.
Scholarships are based on merit or a combination of need and merit. The Pasadena City College President's Awards and Honors at Entrance; these are competitive scholarship are awarded to outstanding high school seniors. Scholarship awards range from $100 - $1000.
Handbooks with information regarding financial assistance may be obtained at the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Below is a brief description of the various sources of aid that are available to students.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at the Financial Aid office beginning in January for the next academic year. Students may also apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Priority deadlines are generally in May for the fall and spring semesters. These are the dates by which all required forms and documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid office .
The Cal Grant deadline for the Entitlement Grant is March 2nd. The Competitive Grant deadline is September 2. To receive consideration, a supplemental GPA Verification and a processed FAFSA are required by the deadline date.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at Pasadena City College (PCC) to release detailed information to the student only.
Although the college makes every effort to meet as much of each student's need as possible, students should not expect to have 100% of their need met through financial aid funds. Students and their parents (if applicable) are expected to contribute toward educational expenses first.
Grants are available for students whose resources do not meet the costs of attending the college. Students may be awarded grants such as: Federal Pell, Cal Grants B or C, EOP&S, or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) .
Federal Work-Study provides on- and off-campus jobs at competitive payrates to eligible students.
Loans such as Perkins, Nursing, or Federal Direct are available to students in various amounts. Students must meet the specific criteria for each of the loan programs.
Board of Governors Grants (Fee Waivers) to cover enrollment and health fees are available to students who are California residents, regardless of the number of units in which they are enrolled. A fee waiver is included with a processed FAFSA.
You are eligible for the fee waiver if you are a California resident and meet the state's criteria for eligibility. Students who apply early for a fee waiver will avoid long lines at the Financial Aid office. It is recommended that you apply for feewaver before you register. The application form is available at the Financial Aid office or online at the PCC website.
Honors at Entrance Scholarships are awarded to eligible entering students with a 3.5 or higher grade-point average (GPA ). Scholarships from college and private sources are advertised weekly in the Campus Crier.
The Pasadena City College General Scholarships are competitive scholarships to eligible, currently enrolled students and for those planning to transfer to four-year institutions. Scholarship opportunities are also listed in the Campus Crier and the PCC website.
Short-term and Emergency Loans are 30-day loans, subject to availability, for books or other special needs throughout the year. Book loans are 30-day loans, subject to avaliability, prior to the beginning of each semester. Please see the Financial Aid office for dates and details.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs awards grants to needy students who possess at least 25 percent American Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut blood as recognized by a tribal group.
Veteran's Benefits provide aid for veterans and their dependents. Veterans should contact the Department of Veteran's Services for details.
For additional financial aid information, please come to the Financial Aid office, or call (626) 585-7401.