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How To Apply for Federal Aid

Application procedures for students applying for Federal Aid such as: Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work Study, and Federal Direct Student Loans are as follows:

1. Enroll at PCC by calling 620-450-2221

2. Qualify for aid (see eligibility requirements below)

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Register with Selective Service, if you're a male between the ages of 18 and 25
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in college
  • Show you're qualified to obtain a college education by having a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate OR completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law

 3. Apply for a FSAID

  • The student and parent will each need to have a separate FSAID

4. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • For the 2020-2021 academic year, you can apply beginning Oct 1, 2019.
    • The 2020-202 academic year includes courses taken in Summer 2020.
  • Priority Deadline is August 1st of each year.
  • PCC School Code: 001938

5.  Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)

  • After you complete the FAFSA, you'll receive a Student Aid Report, or SAR.
  • Your SAR contains the information reported on your FAFSA and usually includes your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  • The EFC is an index number  used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid.
  • Review your SAR information and make any corrections or changes, if necessary.
  • The school(s) you list on your FAFSA will get your SAR data electronically.

6. Communicate with the Financial Aid Office

  • PCC Financial Aid Office will communicate through a number of ways to get the necessary information to you. Please respond promptly to all correspondence. You may also login to your self-service account to check on your financial aid status.

7. Submit Required Documents

  • Submit your required documents through your E-Central account.

8.  Review Award Letter

  • Review your award letter to see what you are eligible for
  • Return as soon as possible to secure your financial aid package through your E-Central account.

For additional assistance with the federal student aid process, the U.S. Department of Education has provided a video to help explain the process.  Watch the video now!

**An Administrative processing fee of $100 will be charged after August 1 if students have not completed their scholarship, letter of intent or confirmed payment arrangements with the Business Office. Students without financial aid in place will be required to set-up an online payment plan in order to attend classes and move into the residence halls.**