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Financial Aid Application (FAFSA)

APPLY NOW for 2016-2017 Financial Aid!

The 2016-2017 financial aid application year begins January 1, 2016 and ends June 30, 2017. So now is the time to submit the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor.

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It's easy to apply! Here are 4 steps to help you:

Step 1

Depending on your situation, you can choose from one of these three methods to apply.

  1. Use FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA on the Web. Students can apply for 2016-2017 financial aid via the World Wide Web by visiting
  2. Continuing financial aid students can use the 2016-2017 Renewal FAFSA. The Renewal FAFSA is produced by the Department of Education. If you don't receive your Renewal FAFSA by January 30 2016 use the 2016-2017 on-line FAFSA at
  3. Complete the pdf FAFSA, print and mail it to the Federal processor. The PCC Federal school code is 001261. The pdf FAFSA requires a signature and is available at:

Do not submit more than one application!

Step 2

Approximately 72 hours after you submit the on-line FAFSA, the federal processor will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR summarizes the information you provided on the FAFSA. Before making corrections, we recommend you speak with a Financial Aid Office representative for assistance.

Step 3

PCC will electronically receive your FAFSA and if necessary, you will receive a document request letter.

Step 4

Complete and return the required document(s) to the Financial Aid Office. All documents should be submitted at the same time.

To ensure that we receive your FAFSA information, make sure that you select Pasadena City College. The Pasadena City College Federal school code is 001261.

NOTE: Incomplete documents will delay the review of your application.

Financial Aid Facts at PCC

PCC offers a variety of Federal and State financial aid programs to students who are enrolled in at least half-time (6 units) throughout the academic year. All Federal and State financial aid programs require students to complete the FAFSA.

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Most student aid programs are need-based. The Financial Need formula is illustrated below.

Financial Need = Student's Cost of Attendance - Estimated Family Contribution

To be eligible for financial aid at PCC, a student must meet eligibility requirements:

  • Have financial need
  • Have a high school diploma
  • Be working toward a degree/certificate
  • Be a US Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid social security number
  • Register with Selective Service
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Have no defaulted loans or owe a grant repayment
  • Not participate in the sale or possession of drugs while receiving Federal student aid.


Certain financial aid programs have limited funding, so applicants are selected for campus funds on a first-come, first-served basis. Students interested in campus-based financial aid should submit their requested documents in a timely fashion.

The Entitlement Cal Grant deadline is March 2nd. New Cal Grant applicants are required to submit the FAFSA and a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission by this date. New to Community College students only, the Competitive Cal Grant program with a September 2nd deadline.

The above dates are subject to change without notification and funds are subject to their availability.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students receiving financial aid at Pasadena City College must be aware of their rights and responsibilities. You must read and understand your rights and responsibilities before receiving funds.


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.

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