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FAQ Financial Aid

How do I apply for Federal financial aid at Phoenix College?

You may file your application online by accessing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Use the Phoenix College school code, 001078 and address: 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013. The federal processor will send an electronic record of your application to the Financial Aid Office within four weeks.

Note: Federal aid is NOT available to students still enrolled in high school at the time they are enrolled in college classes. To receive federal aid, one must be: Admitted as a regular student (have a high school diploma, GED or home schooled); Pursuing a degree or certificate program (declare this on your college application.)

When should I apply?

The application process should be started as soon as possible. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is released on January 1st of every year.

Note: Students who have a complete financial aid file by the Priority Service Deadlines for each semester and appear to be eligible for federal aid, may qualify to have their tuition due date extended and use of a book advance. Contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if you qualify, as some restrictions apply. Students who apply for federal aid and/or submit requested information AFTER the deadlines will still be considered for financial aid but will not be eligible for a book advance and must pay their tuition and fees by their due date or sign up for the Student Tuition Payment Plan to avoid being dropped from classes for non-payment.

What type of financial aid will I be considered for by submitting a FAFSA?

Aid available to students may include the following:

  • Federally funded grants such as the Federal Pell, State Student Incentive and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity grants
  • Federal student loans such as the Federal Stafford and PLUS loans
  • Federal Work-Study which allows you to work part-time on campus to earn funds to help pay educational costs

How will I receive my financial aid funds?

All disbursement will be processed by CITI Bank. Please make sure to check your student email account for an invitation from CITI Bank to select your refund method. You will have three options to choose from, CITI Bank will refund your disbursement via direct deposit, VISA Debit Card, or check. For more information call 1-877-855-7201.

How will I know if I have been awarded?

    You can log into your Student Center at My.maricopa.edu to review your award. > Click on the View Financial Aid link located near the bottom left-hand side of the page. > Click on the applicable aid year
  • NOTE: If you cannot see your awards, you have not been awarded a grant, loan, or scholarship at Phoenix College.

What information will I need to gather before I begin my FASFA?

  • Your social security number
  • Alien registration number, if you are not a US Citizen
  • Your driver’s license number, if you have one
  • Your and your spouse’s (if married) or, your and your parents* 2011 federal tax returns and W-2 forms
  • Total amount of untaxed income you and your spouse or you and your parents* received in 2011 
  • Information on savings, investments, and business and farms assets for yourself and your parents
  • Your parents* social security number and date of birth
  • Your and/or your parent’s* date of marriage, separation or divorce
  • The Phoenix College School Code which is: 001078

Whose information is needed on the FASFA? Am I a dependent or independent?

You are an INDEPENDENT student if you answer YES to any of the questions listed below. You need to use your (and your
spouse’s information if you are married and not separated) information to complete your FAFSA.

You are a DEPENDENT student if you answer NO to all of the questions listed below. This means you need to complete your
FAFSA using your and your parents’ information.

  • Were you born before January 1, 1991?
  • As of today, are you married? (Answer “Yes” if you are separated but not divorced.)
  • At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, will you be working on a master’s degree or doctorate program (such as MA,MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, or graduate certificate, etc.)?
  • Are you currently serving on active duty in the U. S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
  • Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
  • Do you have children who receive more than half of their support from you?
  • Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through June 30, 2013?
  • At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
  • As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you an emancipated minor? 
  • As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you in legal guardianship?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2013, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless? 
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2013, did the director of an emergency shelter program funded by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless? 
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2013, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?