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Transfer to PCC / Returning Students

Students transferring to PCC and returning students often have additional items they need to be aware of and handle before starting school at PCC.

Find out what additional steps you might have to do by selecting the section below.

Transferring from PCC to another school?  Find information on the Exiting/Graduating web page.

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  • Transferring to PCC

    Welcome to PCC!  We are glad you have decided to continue your education with us! There are several things you should do to ensure a smooth transition to PCC:

    1. Add PCC’s school code of 007266 to your FAFSA.
    2. Cancel any future financial aid disbursements at your current school.
    3. Watch your MyPima account for any red X icons... those are the things you need to take care of.
    4. Speak with an academic advisor to get your academic game plan in place. You SHOULD also have your transcripts sent over for evaluation so you don’t take classes you don’t need. The official review can take the admissions office up to 10 weeks to review your transcripts.  If you take an unofficial transcript with you to your appointment with an academic advisor, they can review it with you to ensure you take the correct courses. 
  • Taking only program pre-requisite courses

    Coming to PCC only to take pre-requisite courses that are needed to get into certain programs (ex. the nursing program)?

    What program of study you are in and types of aid you are eligible for will be determined by your education goals.

    If you are taking pre-requisites courses at PCC to get into a program at another school, you will be listed as an undeclared student.  As an undeclared student, you are only eligible for Private Student Loans.

    Effective Fall 2017, if you are taking preparatory courses at PCC to get into a PCC program, you may be eligible for Federal Student Loans for a period of 12 months of continuous enrollment.  Speak with an academic advisor about your intentions and your program of study.  

    Read more about the various student loans options that are available.

  • Returning students

    Students who have not attended PCC for several semesters (or years) often have additional challenges that continuing students don’t have.  In addition to the lifestyle changes (attending class and doing homework), the changes in federal regulations and your past education successes or failures can come back to haunt you.

    The biggest question regarding financial aid when returning to school is “Am I financial aid eligible?”

    • When you attended last, did you do a complete withdraw? If so, did you owe the Department of Education any funds?  This is called a Pell Grant Overpayment. This needs to be paid in full before you are aid eligible again. Use the NSLDS website to look for any overpayments.  Payments would be made through MyEdEdebt
    • When you attended school last, did you borrow student loans? If so, are they in good standing or did you default on them? If you defaulted, you must get the loan back into good standing before you can be aid eligible again.  Contact your loan servicer to make payment arrangements.  Don’t know who your loan servicer is? Contact SALT representatives or view your information online at the NSLDS website.
    • Do you have a past due balance at PCC?  You need to pay this in full before you can register again.
    • You also have to consider academic standards. There are two standards you must be meeting:
    • Did you attend any other colleges? If so, you SHOULD have your transcript(s) from all school(s) sent to PCC for proper evaluation. Please be aware this process can take the Admissions Office up to ten weeks to review. Plan accordingly.
    • Lastly, the types of financial aid you are now eligible for may have changed. Pay particular attention to the Pell eligibility requirements and the 600% limit.  Also look at the Subsidized Loan 150% Subsidized Usage Limitations.
    • If everything looks good, your next step is to complete the FAFSA.  

    If anything on this list is causing you concern, please contact PCC staff or the appropriate agency for assistance right way.

Transferring to PCC

Welcome to PCC!  We are glad you have decided to continue your education with us! There are several things you should do to ensure a smooth transition to PCC:

  1. Add PCC’s school code of 007266 to your FAFSA.
  2. Cancel any future financial aid disbursements at your current school.
  3. Watch your MyPima account for any red X icons... those are the things you need to take care of.
  4. Speak with an academic advisor to get your academic game plan in place. You SHOULD also have your transcripts sent over for evaluation so you don’t take classes you don’t need. The official review can take the admissions office up to 10 weeks to review your transcripts.  If you take an unofficial transcript with you to your appointment with an academic advisor, they can review it with you to ensure you take the correct courses. 

Taking only program pre-requisite courses

Coming to PCC only to take pre-requisite courses that are needed to get into certain programs (ex. the nursing program)?

What program of study you are in and types of aid you are eligible for will be determined by your education goals.

If you are taking pre-requisites courses at PCC to get into a program at another school, you will be listed as an undeclared student.  As an undeclared student, you are only eligible for Private Student Loans.

Effective Fall 2017, if you are taking preparatory courses at PCC to get into a PCC program, you may be eligible for Federal Student Loans for a period of 12 months of continuous enrollment.  Speak with an academic advisor about your intentions and your program of study.  

Read more about the various student loans options that are available.

Returning students

Students who have not attended PCC for several semesters (or years) often have additional challenges that continuing students don’t have.  In addition to the lifestyle changes (attending class and doing homework), the changes in federal regulations and your past education successes or failures can come back to haunt you.

The biggest question regarding financial aid when returning to school is “Am I financial aid eligible?”

  • When you attended last, did you do a complete withdraw? If so, did you owe the Department of Education any funds?  This is called a Pell Grant Overpayment. This needs to be paid in full before you are aid eligible again. Use the NSLDS website to look for any overpayments.  Payments would be made through MyEdEdebt
  • When you attended school last, did you borrow student loans? If so, are they in good standing or did you default on them? If you defaulted, you must get the loan back into good standing before you can be aid eligible again.  Contact your loan servicer to make payment arrangements.  Don’t know who your loan servicer is? Contact SALT representatives or view your information online at the NSLDS website.
  • Do you have a past due balance at PCC?  You need to pay this in full before you can register again.
  • You also have to consider academic standards. There are two standards you must be meeting:
  • Did you attend any other colleges? If so, you SHOULD have your transcript(s) from all school(s) sent to PCC for proper evaluation. Please be aware this process can take the Admissions Office up to ten weeks to review. Plan accordingly.
  • Lastly, the types of financial aid you are now eligible for may have changed. Pay particular attention to the Pell eligibility requirements and the 600% limit.  Also look at the Subsidized Loan 150% Subsidized Usage Limitations.
  • If everything looks good, your next step is to complete the FAFSA.  

If anything on this list is causing you concern, please contact PCC staff or the appropriate agency for assistance right way.