Financial Aid Grants
Grants do not have to be repaid as long as you complete the courses you were paid to attend. If you do not start or complete your course(s) you may have to pay these funds back. All grants are awarded based on your FAFSA information.
If you are working with Pima County One Stop, AZ Department of Economic Security or the Tohono O'odham tribe and your grant funding covers 100% of your tuition, some or all of the funds received from these organizations will be returned per their policy.
Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a post baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.
Students can get up to $5815 per year ($2907.50 per semester) if enrolled full-time. Awards are prorated depending on level of need as determined by the Department of Education. Award amounts (see 2016-2017 Pell table or the 2017-2018 Pell table) will also vary depending on the number of credits the recipient is enrolled in. You can receive the Pell grant for no more than 12 full-time semesters or roughly 6 years (600% Pell Lifetime Eligibility). PCC will notify you when you are getting close to this limit. The PCC Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility. No additional applications are necessary.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
This grant program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell-eligible students with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a FSEOG. At PCC, this means students with a zero EFC enrolled at full-time (12 credits) are awarded first. Students can get up to $1000 per year ($500 per semester if enrolled full-time) and are pro-rated based on your actual enrollment ((12+ credits = $500, 9-11 credits = $375, 6-8 credits = $250, and 1-5 credits = $125). The PCC Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility. No additional applications are necessary. Funds are extremely limited so we suggest you complete your FAFSA early!
AZ Leveraging Education Aid Partnership Grant (AzLEAP)
This grant program is funded through contributions from the state of Arizona and Pima Community College. It is for Arizona residents who are enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) and eligible for the Pell grant. At PCC, this means Arizona residents who are enrolled full-time (12 credits) with a zero EFC are awarded first. Students can get up to $1000 per year ($500 per semester if enrolled full-time) and are pro-rated based on your actual enrollment ((12+ credits = $500, 9-11 credits = $375, 6-8 credits = $250, and 1-5 credits = $125). The PCC Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility. No additional applications are necessary. Funds are extremely limited so we suggest you complete your FAFSA early!
Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) HOPES
The HPOG HOPES Program trains low-income eligible students for careers in high-demand healthcare fields. The program is funded by a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The dollar amount varies per student and can only be applied toward tuition.
Foster Youth Grants
Arizona has two educational support programs for foster youth. The Arizona Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program which can provide youth who are or were in U.S. foster care up to $5,000 a year for qualified school-related expenses.
The Arizona Tuition Waiver is available to foster youth and former foster youth attending Arizona public community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. The amount awarded is based on the school’s tuition rate.
Use the links above to learn more about these programs, including how to apply.