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Applying for Financial Aid

Female filling out formThere are two methods students may use when applying for financial aid. Students need to complete only one application processing method.

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    All students may apply for financial aid at the FAFSA website from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

    • Upon completing the application, students and parents may sign with their PIN numbers. If not, students must print the signature page, affix the appropriate signatures, and mail to the Central Processing Center. Upon receipt of the signature page, the Central Processing Center will perform the calculation to determine the student’s financial aid eligibility.
    • Students must be sure to enter their correct Social Security number.
    • Within one to three weeks, students should receive a response document, referred to as the Student Aid Report (SAR).
    • PHSC’s school code is 010652
    • Applicants should contact the nearest PHSC financial aid office once the Student Aid Report is received.
  2. FAFSA renewal

    Students who receive a personal identification number (PIN) from the DOE may complete their renewal FAFSA online.

    • PINs will remain the same from year to year; therefore, students who request and receive a PIN number to access their prior FAFSA on the web can use the same PIN to access their  renewal FAFSA on the web.
    • Students must be sure to enter their correct Social Security number.
    • The PIN number serves as an electronic signature. If you are required to submit your parent(s)’s information, your PIN number can not serve as your parent’s signature; your parents will need to apply for their own PIN number.
    • Within one to three weeks, students should receive a response document, referred to as the Student Aid Report.
    • Students should contact the nearest PHSC financial aid office once the Student Aid Report is received.

Follow these simple steps to apply for financial aid:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in its entirety.
    • Read all instructions carefully.
    • Answer all questions completely.
    • It is best to fill out the application based on a complete tax return.
    • Do not send any tax returns or other paperwork to the processor. If it is needed, the college will ask you for any information it needs to complete your financial aid file.
    • Be sure that you (and your parents, if required) sign the form.
    • Mail the form to the processor yourself; put sufficient postage on it.

    Students may find that completing the FAFSA on the web is an even better way to initiate the application process. Be sure to print the signature page, sign it, and mail it to the processor within 48 hours of the time you submitted the application - if you are unable to use a PIN number.

    If a student was not born before January 1, 1990 for the 2014-2015 FAFSA, they will be considered dependent on their parent(s) and MUST provide parents' financial data in addition to their own financial data. An exception to this rule is for veterans discharged other than dishonorably, students who are married on the date they apply or students with dependent children for whom they provide more than 50 percent of their support.

  2. Students will receive a Student Aid Report from the federal processor. Review it for correctness and completeness.
    • If some data is incorrect, make the necessary corrections and return it to the Federal Processor for corrections.
  3. Students selected for "verification" may be asked to provide additional documentation - do so as quickly and completely as possible. Incomplete applications are not reviewed, and therefore no aid is awarded until the file is complete.
  4. There is a separate application process for the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. Students interested in applying for a loan must initiate that request by completing the required steps listed on the Federal Direct Loans webpage under how to apply.
  5. PHSC processes awards on a continuing basis after April 15 of each year. Students who have not "heard" from the financial aid office within three weeks of their file being completed, should contact them immediately. Ask questions! Stay involved in the process.