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Financial Aid and Study Abroad Programs

Pasadena City College participates in federal and state financial aid programs to assist students and their families with educational expenses. Financial assistance is available for participation in a study abroad program, however, financial aid is not a guarantee and the amount is dependent on a student's financial need. To be considered for financial aid, a study abroad student must:

  1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on line
  2. Be enrolled in an eligible program and pursuing a degree objective at PCC
  3. Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  4. Not be in default or owe a repayment on federal loans and grants
  5. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  6. Register with Selective Service and not have a recent drug conviction
  7. Adhere to all study abroad and financial aid deadlines


All deposits and payments are the responsibility of the participant. Students are encouraged to maintain contact with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information regarding their status.


The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will complete forms presented to study abroad participants by program agencies. Any amount given on these forms is only an estimate of what we believe the student is eligible to receive. To estimate the amount of financial aid, the applicant must have a completed and valid financial aid application on file with the PCC Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. If it is later determined that the student does not qualify for all or a portion of the estimated amount, the student is responsible for any amount owed to the study abroad agency.

Normally, disbursements occur at the beginning of each semester. Student loan (Direct Loan) disbursements are paid at least twice during an enrollment period. Financial aid is not available for periods that include summer and/or winter sessions.

If a student loan does not meet all of the requirements established by the study abroad program, its agencies or the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, no funds will be disbursed. The PCC Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is not responsible for participant refunds.

Financial Aid Programs

Depending on eligibility, all financial aid programs (except Federal Work-Study) can be utilized to study abroad.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) from students participating in study abroad programs.

When will I be notified about how much financial aid I receive and when will I get it?

This depends on the specific circumstances of your FAFSA. Your award may be delayed if additional documentation is requested. For this you must check your LancerPoint account periodically to be sure that you are not being asked to submit additional documentation. Also, be aware that it usually takes about 7-10 business days for your FAFSA information to be transferred from the federal system to PCC's system. Your award will be posted in your LancerPoint account under the "Tuition and Aid" tab. Most students who work closely with their Financial Aid advisor receive their funds at the beginning of the semester.

What could delay the disbursement of my financial aid funds?

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. If you are not meeting this requirement, you may be asked to submit a petition along with supporting documentation in order to receive federal financial aid. Other reasons are that the financial aid office is awaiting for additional forms. You must check your LancerPoint account periodically to make sure no additional documentation is required. Also, to recieve your funds, you must go to your LancerPoint account, read the Terms and Conditions page and click the "accept" button. For more information regarding academic progress, please please see Terms & Conditions of Financial Aid award under Finanical Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

How much financial aid can I receive?

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) at Note that AB540 students will not be eligible for Federal student aid. These students can apply for the Board of Governors Grant (BOGG) fee waiver, or for Cal Grant, by completing the California Dream Act at

The amount of financial aid you can receive is determined by the U.S. Department of Education and / or the California Student Aid Commission. When your FAFSA or Dream Act is processed, the U.S. Department of Education calculates what you and your family are expected to contribute to your education. This is referred to as your Expected Family Contribution  or EFC. This number is used to determine your eligibility for the BOGG fee waiver.


What if my circumstances change after I file the FAFSA?

You may be eligible for a recalculation of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) based on special circumstances such as change or loss of employment, or unusual medical, dental expenses. You may need to file an Income Adjustment Appeal after speaking with your financial aid advisor.

All I need to know about Study Abroad and Financial Aid.

Please click on the link below for information on Study Abroad and Financial Aid.


Will financial aid cover everything?

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.

Will financial aid pay the deposit?

No. All payments are the responsibility of the student.

May I receive financial aid for summer study abroad programs?

With the exception of the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) and any remaining academic year Pell Grant, PCC does not provide additional financial aid for summer study abroad. 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 and program requirements.

What is PCC's Federal School Code?

Pasadena City Colleges Federal School Code is 001261

Who is my Financial Aid Interviewer?

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 Gayane Chevchyan L-P Han Dao
E-K Elizabeth Garcia Q-Z Rebecca Arden

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