Transfer Services @ Phoenix College

Apply For Financial Aid

Do you know when to submit your FAFSA?

Our general eligibility requirements are that you must

  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau);
  • be registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25);
  • have a high school diploma, high school diploma equivalency certificate (GED), or has completed secondary school through homeschooling as defined by state law; 
  • be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program at PC;
  • be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds;
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) at PC;
  • not be in default on a Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Supplemental Loan for Students, or Federal Direct Loan, nor owe any refund on a Federal Pell Grant or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.

The primary responsibility for financing an undergraduate college education rests with the student and their family. A student's financial need is determined based on the following formula:

Cost of Attendance (Budget)

- Expected Family Contribution

- Other Resources (e.g. scholarships and veterans educational benefits)

= Financial Need

The Cost of Attendance (COA) or budget, is determined each year by the PC Financial Aid Office, and represents the estimated total cost of attending PC for one year. COA includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses.

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is a measure of your family's financial strength, is calculated using the information you reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The formula for the EFC calculation is established by law.

The FinAid website offers an online EFC Calculator that students can use to estimate their EFC.

It is important to know that the total amount of financial aid a student receives, including outside resources, cannot exceed their cost of attending PC. In some cases a student's EFC may be greater than their cost of attending PC. In this case, they do not demonstrate eligibility for need-based financial aid, however; they would be eligible for non-need based financial aid programs such as the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, the Federal Direct PLUS Loan and alternative loans.

Step 1

New Students—if you are a new student and interested in attending Phoenix College you must submit a Student Admission Application.

Continuing Students—If you have attended Phoenix College before and are continuing your attendance with us you should update your address and phone number on

Step 2

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid).

Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to help pay for you school. You will be considered for grants, federal work-study and loans by submitting just one application each academic year. Please submit your application with Phoenix College school code: 001078.

If you plan on attending Fall 2018, Spring 2019 or Summer 2019 complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA.

If you plan on attending Fall 2019, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020  complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA.

You may need to submit additional documentations after the submission of your FAFSA. If anything is needed, we will post it on your To Do List. All items listed on your To Do List must be submitted by the complete file date. Applications received after the complete file date will still be considered for aid, but you may not be awarded until after the start of the semester.

Students who complete the FAFSA and submit all requested follow up paperwork after the complete file date should be prepared to use their own funds to pay their tuition and fees prior to the payment deadline. Students can set up a payment plan and should be prepared to make all payments while their financial aid application is being processed.