How To Apply for Financial Aid

1. Apply to PVCC & choose a Program of Study

  • Submit an Online Application Admission is free. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a Student ID number and username. Keep this information for your records. When applying for admission at PVCC, please provide your social security number on the admission application so that your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be received and linked to your file.
  • Meet with an Advisor Make an appointment with an academic advisor or attend an orientation session. Make sure to declare an eligible major when you meet with an advisor.

2. Create an FSA ID

Visit FSA ID If you are required to provide parental information on the FAFSA, at least one parent must create an FSA ID. The FSA ID acts as an electronic signature. Signing your FAFSA electronically is the most convenient way to submit your FAFSA but you can submit it in other ways.

3. Submit the FAFSA

  • Send FAFSA to PVCC In the School Selection portion of the FAFSA, enter PVCC using the federal school code (009928). 
  • Needs Hands-On Help? The Financial Aid Office is available to help you complete your FAFSA and PVCC Students now have access to Financial Aid and Student Accounts support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The support specialist will answer your questions or escalate a ticket to have a financial aid or Student Accounts staff return your call within 48 hours.
  • I Already Have an FSA ID If you already have an FSA ID and have forgotten your login information, contact FSA ID directly. They will help you retrieve your account information.

4. Verify your Student Aid Report (SAR)

After you submit your FAFSA form, you’ll get a Student Aid Report that summarizes the information you provided on your application. Review your SAR carefully to make sure it’s correct and complete. Students can make corrections to the FAFSA. Allow 3-5 days for corrections to process during peak times.

5. Check the status of your FAFSA

  • Login to MyPVCC to check your SIS Student Center.

    • Click SIS Student Information Button
    • Click Student Center
    • View To Do List menu on the left side of the webpage
  • Your To Do List will contain a list as well as descriptions of documents needed and helpful links.
  • If there are no To Do List items, contact the PVCC Financial Aid Office (

6. Respond Quickly

  • We might need additional information There are times when the Financial Aid Office might request additional information from the student and parent and/or spouse. We suggest you check your student email and SIS Student Message Center 3x weekly for the best results.
  • Submit Documents Most Financial aid documents requested are available via fillable forms found on SIS and printable and fillable forms. You can submit documents directly to our office and submit by scanning and fax. Please be certain that you complete all forms accurately. Pictures of documents may not be accepted and can prolong processing time.

7. Review your financial aid award

  • You will receive an award notice sent to your PVCC student email when you are awarded. 
  • Login to MyPVCC to check your SIS Student Center.
    • Click SIS Student Information Button
    • Click Student Center
    • Select View Financial Aid
    • Click on Aid Year to view aid
  • Aid offered before the term census is based on anticipated full-time enrollment in courses that are required for your major.  If you register less than full-time, your aid will be adjusted after the census to reflect the correct award.
  • If you register less than full-time, your aid will be adjusted after the census to reflect the correct award.  
  • Aid will be adjusted throughout the term if enrollment status and aid eligibility change due to dropped or non-attended classes.
  • Remember to complete the following if you are accepting a student loan:

8. Enroll in Classes

  • Aid can only be offered for courses that are required for your degree or certificate. Review your Curriculum Sheet to ensure your courses are required. You can also view course eligibility through MyPVCC SIS Student Service Center

    • View Financial Aid  
    • View Course Eligibility
  • PVCC uses the Financial Aid Course Audit (FACA), a system that allows us to inform you shortly after you register whether any of your course selections are ineligible for financial aid. Our hope is that by providing you this information in advance, you will be able to better plan your academic career, select courses that apply to your program and complete your degree or certificate in a timelier fashion. More questions about FACA?

9. Purchase Books

If you have enough financial aid to cover the cost of your tuition and fees, your financial aid may be used to buy required textbooks and supplies at your campus bookstore before classes begin. Do you have aid left over to charge books? 

Use packaged Financial Aid to pay for books. Plan to purchase all books and supplies for late starting classes during this time. Visit your SIS Student Center or the Financial Aid Office for details. Complete and submit the PVCC Book Authorization To Do List item via SIS Student Center at least 24 hours before visiting the bookstore. Books can be charged to your financial aid for Fall 2019 from August 5 - September 6, 2019. The last day to return books during the Fall 2019 term is September 6, 2019. Books can be charged to your financial aid for Spring 2020 from January 2-31, 2020. The last day to return books during the Spring 2020 term is January 31, 2020.


  • Complete the PVCC Book Authorization To Do List Item at least 24 hours before visiting the bookstore.
  • Select your supplies from the bookstore.
  • At the register, provide your Student ID to the PVCC Bookstore Staff. Your financial aid will be accepted in place of payment. 

Pay close attention to the return and exchange policies from the bookstore and that you acknowledge by signing the Bookstore Charge Authorization Form.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is an FSA ID?

A Federal Student Aid ID is a username and password you create to:

  • Electronically sign your FAFSA.
  • Retrieve FAFSA renewal information over the Internet.
  • File a FAFSA renewal online.
  • Access the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).
  • View information about federal student aid you receive.
  • Complete Entrance Counseling.
  • Electronically sign the Federal Direct Stafford and PLUS Loan Master Promissory Notes.

Keep your FSA ID confidential in order to protect your privacy.

What are the eligibility requirements to receive financial aid?

To receive financial aid, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or registered permanent resident.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or have completed Home School.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be enrolled in an approved degree or certificate program at PVCC.
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan.
  • Not owe an overpayment for a federal student grant.
  • Have registered with Selective Services if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25.
  • Have settled any outstanding account balances with PVCC.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • Complete verification, if required.
  • Have completed all items on your "to do" list in MyPVCC.
  • If you do not meet eligibility requirements, you still may be able to receive other forms of financial assistance.

I'm a veteran. Am I eligible to use veteran's education benefits and financial aid?

Yes, you can. Please schedule an appointment to meet with a PVCC Veterans Affairs Advisor and visit the PVCC Financial Aid Office.

I received financial aid this year. Do I need to reapply to receive aid again next year?

Yes! Your financial aid covers only one academic year (fall, spring and summer). You must submit a new FAFSA for every academic year you plan to attend and receive financial aid.