How to Apply for Financial Aid: First-Year Students

Step 1: Apply to PVCC and Choose 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 or attend an orientation session. 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), available starting October 1, at using school code 009928.

  • We encourage you to fill it out as soon as possible on or after October 1 to meet school priority processing dates and FAFSA deadlines.
  • Log in at to apply or
  • Fill out the form in the myStudentAid mobile app, available on the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).
  • Needs Hands-On Help? Get FAFSA help from a Financial Aid professional during Super Saturday workshops.
  • If you forgot your username and password or are having issues with login, contact FSA directly. They will help you retrieve your account information.

Step 3: 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: Already submitted the 21-22 FAFSA? What’s next? Watch for emails from the Financial Aid Office.

Students can be awarded as early as February 1 for the 21-22 Academic Year. If you completed your FAFSA before that time and are unsure about the status of your financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office. 

Step 5: Check your SIS “To Do List” to see if your FAFSA was selected for verification.

  • Login to MyPVCC to check your SIS Student Center.
    • Click SIS Student Information Button
    • Select Student Center
    • View To Do List menu on the left side of the webpage
  • Your To Do List includes descriptions of documents and helpful links. We cannot accept pictures of documents.
  • If there are no To Do List items, contact the PVCC Financial Aid Office (

Step 6: For more information and to apply for financial aid, visit

Step 7: Review your financial aid award

  • You will receive a VCCS email notification.
  • 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
  • Read About Your Financial Aid Award Letter
  • Aid offered before the term census is based on full-time enrollment. If you register less than full-time, your aid is adjusted after the census to reflect the correct award. 
  • Complete the PVCC Federal Direct Loan Request Form if you are accepting a Federal Student Loan offer.