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Financial Aid

SCAM ALERT

Panthers, please be wary of scammers looking to take advantage of students during the COVID-19 crisis. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has useful information to help you avoid the student loan debt relief scams that unfortunately can become more common in times like these.

FAFSA IS FREE. Beware of fraudulent FAFSA sites. Submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application online at the federal government's application website, studentaid.gov. Note: It's a .gov site, not a .com. Don't be duped by similarly named fraudulent sites.

There are many options available to help students pay for college expenses. In addition to administering a wide-ranging program of grants, loans and work-study positions, the Financial Aid office can also provide resources for scholarship information.

To start the financial aid process, students need to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before each year of college. Apply early to avoid delays in getting payment; processing time can take several weeks.

The FAFSA is available on the Federal Student Aid website and is filed electronically. The Federal School Code for PCC is 014829. This number ensures that PCC receives your FAFSA information in order to determine your level of financial aid.

The Department of Education will create a Student Aid Report (SAR) based on the information you submit on your FAFSA. This usually takes about three weeks. When you receive your SAR, make sure to review it for accuracy. If corrections are needed or you have questions about the report, contact the Financial Aid office at 719-549-3020.

Students are responsible for contacting the Financial Aid office in the Go!Zone Enrollment Center or by calling 719-549-3020 to see how refunds could affect their financial aid.

In addition, if a student who is receiving Title IV Financial Aid funds withdraws from school, a portion of the grant or loan funds must be returned. Under these circumstances, the student is also responsible for returning unearned assistance, according to the Higher Education Amendments of 1998.

All refunds from Financial Aid (over-payments or for returned books) will be disbursed through BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc..