Basic 5 Steps
1. Application Process
- Carefully review your Student Aid Report (SAR).
- If you did not include an email address on your FAFSA application, you will receive your SAR by mail.
- If you did include an email address on your FAFSA, you will receive your SAR as an email attachment.
Scholarships - PVCC Scholarships and search engines
There are three types of scholarships that can help fund your education at a Maricopa Community College:
- Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Scholarships are privately funded and open to all Maricopa Community College students. In most cases they may be used at any Maricopa Community College and, in some cases, non-Maricopa colleges and universities. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required to apply. Apply for Foundation scholarships or check the status of your application.
- College-Specific Scholarships are available through each of the Maricopa Community Colleges and are generally restricted to one campus (for example, Presidential or honors scholarships). Learn more about scholarship opportunities at your campus.
- External Scholarships are offered through various local and national organizations. Free scholarship search engines are available to aid in your search for funding and enhance your knowledge about financial aid. View external scholarship resources.
Because students sometimes have errors on their application, colleges develop procedures for verifying the reported information. This process is called verification. Applications are selected for verification either by the FAFSA processor or by the college. Students can learn if their application is selected for verification by reviewing their SAR and/or by the Office of Student Financial Assistance will notify student through their message center, My.Maricopa.edu.
A school must verify any application information that it has reason to believe is incorrect [34 CFR 668.54(a)(3)] or discrepant [34 CFR 668.16(f)] (Code of Federal Regulations).
IMPORTANT NOTE: An application that is selected for the verification process is not VALID until the verification process is complete. The suggested award amount(s) mentioned on the FAFSA Confirmation and on the SAR are NOT valid and will NOT be awarded until the verification process is complete. Award amount may change upon completion of the verification process.
Students are required to frequently check their Student Center located at my.maricopa.edu to review “To Do List” to be certain that all required documents have been submitted.
Sometimes during the verification process, the Office of Student Financial Assistance (SFA) will ask the student and/or their parent(s) for addition documentation. The need for these item(s) is not always known until the detailed verification process has begun.
3. Maintaining Financial Aid Elgibility
All students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to continue to receive financial aid funding. You may need to complete the Academic Appeal & Student Engagement/Student Success, Satisfactory Academic Progress & Default Prevention Workshop or Academic Extension process to regain financial aid eligibility.
- Semester Progress Measurement: Students must successfully complete 2/3 (66.67%) of all attempted course work during the semester.
- Maximum Time Frame Measurement: Students have attempted more than 150% of the published credits required for their program of study or who have already earned a bachelor’s degree or higher are considered not meeting SAP.
- Classes will not be held for students with outstanding SAP issues.
- Financial Aid Students who are not enrolled in an eligible program of study, will not be awarded financial aid funding.
- Financial Aid Students should only be enrolled in classes that are part of their eligible program of study.
4. Award Process
To view your award, go to My.maricopa.edu and click on “View Financial Aid”.
You may need to complete additional processes to receive your financial aid funding. Review your award and carefully read all instructions and related comments. Be sure that there is enough financial aid funding per semester to cover your tuition & fees.
Effective Fall 2011, Book Vouchers are being replaced with Book Advances
- Book Advance information was placed on the My.maricopa.edu login page, listed under Paying for College on the left hand side of the screen at http://my.maricopa.edu/book-advances/
- Book Advance options are found in your Student Services Center under the Finance Section.
- To receive a Book Advance you must have an actual award greater than your charges. Some awards may not be eligible for a Book Advance.
- Review your "Opt In" or "Opt Out" choices to ensure it reflects the correct status. If no action is taken a Book Advance may not be issued.
- If you choose to "Opt In" your Book Advance monies will be disbursed as early as 5 business days prior to the start of your first class.
- Book Advances will be issued through the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP). Debit card or direct deposit options are the fastest ways to receive your advance. http://my.maricopa.edu/refund/
5. Disbursement Process
If all of your financial aid processing is complete, and in some cases your enrollment has not changed, your financial aid funds will be disbursed.
- Disbursement is when the financial aid funds on your award letter are transferred (credited) to your account in the Cashier’s Office to pay your current term tuition, fees and books.
- REFUND is when you have remaining financial aid funding after your tuition, fees, and books are paid, you will be notified by Citibank through your g-mail account with payment options.
- DO NOT WRITE CHECKS BASED ON ANTICIPATED FINANCIAL AID DISBURSEMENTS. The college will not pay fees related to late payments or account overdrafts.