Frequently Asked Questions
Financial aid includes any form of financial assistance that helps you pay for college. This includes scholarships, grants, work-study, and student loans.
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: 1
202 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013
The federal processor will send an electronic record of your application to the Financial Aid Office within 3-5 business days.
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.)
The application process should be started as soon as possible. Starting in 2016, you are able to complete and submit FAFSA as early as October 1st every year.
Note: Students who have a complete financial aid file by the Complete File Date 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.
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 ((FSEOG)
- 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
As of November 12, 2014, Money Network® will begin processing all student refunds for the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP). To ensure you receive your student refunds, you will need to enroll with Money Network® following the link https://my.maricopa.edu/msrp The following types of student refunds will be affected: Financial aid, Book advances, Cash payment, Check payment, Payment plan payments, and Scholarships.
Please Note: You must be eligible for a student refund. Also, student refunds for credit card payments will continue to be processed back to the original credit card used.
- 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, then 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.
- 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* 2015 federal tax returns and W-2 forms
- Total amount of untaxed income you and your spouse or you and your parents* received in 2015
- 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
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, 1992?
- As of today, are you married? (Answer “Yes” if you are separated but not divorced.)
- At the beginning of the 2016-2017 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 between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017?
- 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, 2017?
- 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, 2015, 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, 2015, 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, 2015, 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?
Based on the information provided on your FAFSA, the federal government will determine your family’s expected family contribution (EFC). The difference between the cost of attendance budget and your EFC is your financial need. Most financial aid will be based on your financial need; however, some forms of gift aid, such as merit-based scholarships, and unsubsidized federal loans are not dependent on financial need.
Your expected family contribution (EFC) is determined using a formula developed by the Department of Education and designed to assess what a family can afford. Factors include the number of family dependents, number of children in college, income, and a percentage of total assets (not including home equity).