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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Welcome to the Home of Financial Aid & Scholarships!

  • Get one on one help with applying for federal student aid (FAFSA). Set up an in-person or virtual appointment now!
  • Attention student loan borrowers: On June 30, 2023 the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Biden-Harris Student Debt Relief program. This means borrowers will begin accruing interest on Sept. 1, 2023 and first payments will be due in October. Pima paired with Student Connections to provide one-on-one assistance with student loan repayment information at no cost to students. Visit the Student Loan Debt Relief webpage for additional information.

Financial assistance is available to cover tuition, fees, books and supplies and even the costs of housing and transportation, for students who apply and qualify.

Applying for financial aid is a multi-step process, as outlined on our webpages. You can also watch a number of short videos to guide you through the financial aid process and help you understand your aid and responsibilities.  

The College’s Financial Aid staff is available to help you with applying, understanding your financial aid awards, and staying on track to remain eligible for aid.

 Step 1. Apply for aid

  You may complete the FAFSA any time after Oct. 1.  Funding for some grant programs is limited. For your best opportunity to receive grant aid, complete the FAFSA no later than Feb. 1.

 Step 2. Watch your MyPima Financial Aid Student Requirements Checklist

  • Flags begin to appear about mid-February on items to be completed. These should be completed right away. Once done, you will see a green check. 
  • It is suggested that you opt-in to the Early Book Purchase Program listed in the “optional” section. 

 Watch for flags in mid-February

 Step 3. Once you have all green check marks, watch for an email in your account, letting you know you have a financial aid award offer.

 Step 4. Loan offers begin in March, However, you cannot accept a loan offer until after July 1st. You can accept or decline your loan offer in your MyPima account after July 1st. Remember, a loan must be paid back, so make the decision carefully.

 Step 5. If you accept the offer, complete your Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN), which are now listed with red X’s in your checklist.

 Step 6. Sign up for e-refund (direct deposit) now so any funds left after your tuition and fees are paid will be sent to you faster than waiting for an email from Checkbook to select your refund method preference.

 Step 7. Prepare for and attend your classes. Financial aid disburses after classes begin. If you have difficulty in your classes, see your instructor or an advisor as soon as possible. Being successful in classes is important to receiving financial aid.

 Step 8. Remember to repeat these steps for next year’s aid.  If you get stuck or don’t receive aid by the payment deadline, speak with financial aid or make payment arrangements with cashier’s office by the deadline.

Are you experiencing hardship due to changes in your financial circumstances that are affecting your ability to attend Pima Community College? Are you having difficulties obtaining parent information required on your FAFSA? We would like to have the opportunity to reconsider your eligibility for financial aid.

In some cases, the application for federal student aid (FAFSA) may not accurately reflect your financial situation and/or dependency status. We may be able to make adjustments to FAFSA data or determinations of independent status for certain situations as described on our 'Special or Unusual Circumstances' page.

If you take classes at two colleges at the same time, you can receive financial aid from only the school where you expect to receive your degree from.

  • Ask that school’s financial aid office about the availability of a Consortium Agreement. This outlines your courses at both schools and clarifies who will disburse aid.
  • By completing a consortium agreement with Pima Community College (PCC) you have agreed that the two institutions will share FERPA-protected information (Personally Identifiable) and Federal Student Aid Information on your behalf with one another, as necessary to facilitate your joint enrollment with the two institutions.
  • If you accidentally get aid from both schools, you must reimburse one of the schools. It is better to let us know quickly if you expect aid from another school.
  • If you receive aid from another school, Pima cannot hold your classes. Pay in full or sign up for a payment plan by the payment deadline.

Federal regulations require that you have a high school diploma or equivalent to be eligible for federal student aid. If you don’t meet this requirement, you have options.

  • I-Best programs are financial aid eligible without a diploma. 
  • Earn your High School diploma free through the Pima County Library

Work with Tucson Youth Development. You may qualify for one of their programs leading to a GED.

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