Get Ready for FastPass
While help will be available for every step of the application, financial aid, and registration process, it is possible you won’t be able to complete every step in one day, depending on when you arrive and where you need to start your process.
To help ensure you get the most from your PCCFastPass day, here are some steps to help you be prepared.
There are some steps you can take now, and some helpful information about what to bring to PCCFastPass.
1: Applying to the College and obtaining your “A” (student ID) number.
If you want to, you can complete that process by applying online.
You will need:
- Your high school graduation date or GED award date.
- Your date of birth
2: Applying for Financial Aid
Most people qualify for some form of financial aid, which includes grants that don’t have to be paid back, loans, and work-study opportunities. Financial Aid begins with the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Financial Aid.)
It is important to complete the FAFSA as early as possible because some funds are exhausted early in the year.
Step 1: The student AND parent(s) or guardian(s), if the student is a dependent, must create an FSA ID. Obtaining your FSA ID can take up to 10 days. You need your FSA ID before you begin the FAFSA. If you can, complete this step and bring your FSA ID with you to FastPass to get help with your FAFSA.
Step 2: Complete the FAFSA, which is an online application.
You will need:
- Your Social Security Number
- Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
- Your 2015 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned.
- Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
- Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
- An FSA ID to sign electronically.
If you are a dependent student, you will need most of the above information from your parent(s).
Go to the PCC Financial Aid "How to Apply" webpage for
- a video on completing the FAFSA
- a financial aid check-list
- more information on what to expect after completing the FAFSA
Assessment is an important step in determining where you start in college. The Assessment measures your skills in reading, writing and mathematics and, if necessary, English. Advisors will talk with you about your scores and how they are useful in helping you get a successful start.
Important things to know about Assessments
- Not everyone needs to take an assessment. Learn more about exceptions.
- Recent high school graduates have options besides assessment known as multiple measures
- Assessments are free of charge and untimed.
- You can practice for assessment to help ensure your best possible scores. The College also offers optional “placement prep” workshops.
- If taking an assessment, you must complete a Pre-Placement Tutorial, which is available my logging into your MyPima student account.
- Assessments must be taken on campus.
You will need to assess
- Pre-Placement Tutorial. Available by logging into your MyPima student account, and at FastPass
- A state or educational institution issued Photo ID
- Your Student ID or “A” number
On PCCFastPass Day
If you have completed an application to the College and received your “A” number (student ID), you can take assessments prior to PCCFastPass. On PCCFastPass day you will be able to take your Writing assessment, and schedule appointments if you need others.
Recent High School graduates should bring their high school transcripts and other test scores, such as ACT and SAT, if you have them. Staff will determine if you need to take an assessment.
4: Activate your MyPima account
Your MyPima account provides access to registration, financial aid, degree planning, tuition information, textbooks and the payment plan, as well as course homepages, career resources and student activities information. Don’t worry, we will teach you how to navigate MyPima.
We can help with this at PCCFastPass or, if you have already applied to the College, you can activate your MyPima account before you arrive.
- You will need your “A” number (student ID number) and date of birth
- Go to Activate Your Account
- After you have activated your account, click on the RED MyPima icon on the top of every Pima.edu pages to access your account.
5. Register for Classes
You will register for classes on PCCFastPass day by meeting with an advisor who can help you. If you don’t have time, you will be able to schedule an appointment for a day and time that works for you.
6. Pay Tuition
There are a number of ways to pay tuition, including payment plans. Before going to PCCFastPass, you might find it helpful to understand your options. If you are just now applying for financial aid, it is possible that you may not receive aid prior to the start of the semester. We can work with you on your options.
Other Important Information
Verification of Lawful Presence
Since March 12, 2007, PCC students seeking in-state tuition have been required to complete a one-time Verification of Lawful Presence Form (formerly called the Tuition Assessment Form). This enables Pima to comply with state law. Once completed, you won't need to file again while at PCC.
You will need to provide proof of lawful presence with one form of accepted document. Examples are included in the Form.
Proof of Arizona Residency
Some students might need to provide verification of Arizona residency.
Submitting Official Transcripts
Have a paper official transcript from the institution you previously attended sent directly to
Pima Community College
District Office - Admissions and Records
4905B E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 220
Tucson AZ 85709-1120
Or an electronic official transcript from the institution you previously attended sent directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Admissions and Records Office will notify you that the transcript was received.