FAFSA & Applying for Financial Aid

Warning: The Only Legitimate Website to Apply for the FAFSA is www.StudentAid.gov. If a Website Asks for Payment to Complete the FAFSA, it is a Scam. The FAFSA is Free!

Follow These Steps to Apply for Financial Aid:

Step 1 (For New Students): Apply to PVCC and Enroll Into a Program of Study

  • Submit an Online Application
    • When applying to PVCC, include your social security number on the application. The SSN is a personal identifier that links the FAFSA to your student account.
  • Meet with an Advisor
    • You can choose a program of study, either a degree or certification, at this time.

Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 

  • If you are a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • If you are a Virginia state resident with a nonimmigrant, undocumented, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, complete the Virginia Alternative State Aid application (VASA). 
  • To apply for financial aid for the Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024 semesters, complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA or VASA application.
    • This will require 2021 federal tax information.
  • To apply for financial aid for the Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Summer 2025 semesters, complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA or VASA application available beginning December 2023.
    • This will require 2022 federal tax information.
  • Once you have completed and submitted your application, we will receive it within 3-5 business days.

Step 3: Update Your Contact Info 

  • Update your address, email and phone number in the Student Information System (SIS).  
  • Keeping your contact information up to date means that the PVCC Financial Aid Office can contact you with updates about your financial aid and more.

Step 4: Check Your Financial Aid Status in Your SIS Student Center