Financial Aid

If you are interested in financial aid you can still apply anytime.  College financial aid is available to you based upon your eligibility. College financial aid comes in many forms such as grants, scholarships, student loans and work-study opportunities. Please note, to receive financial aid, you must be eligible to qualify for financial aid and be enrolled in and participating in an eligible degree or certificate program at an accredited institution.

If you have already not done so, complete your FAFSA and submit all your required and supporting documentation. The financial aid process can be lengthy, so it is important for you to complete your application well in advance of your classes start dates, and review the deadlines and requirements. Anticipate 6-8 weeks for the processing time from submitted application to financial aid awarding.


Step 1: Get Started by Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

See what you will need to complete this step:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Parent's Social Security Number
  • Your and/or your parent’s Income Information


FAFSA School Codes

  • Chandler-Gilbert -  030722
  • Estrella Mountain Community College - 031563
  • GateWay Community College - 008303
  • Glendale Community College - 001076
  • Mesa Community College - 001077
  • Paradise Valley Community College - 026236
  • Phoenix College - 001078
  • Rio Salado College - 014483
  • Scottsdale Community College - 008304
  • South Mountain Community College - 015001


STEP 2: Get it Right Using Required Documents and Verification

See what you will need to complete this step:

Financial aid verification is a process to validate required documents and data you provided on the application.

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  • Required forms, needed documents and instructions
  • Verification forms

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STEP 3: Get Funded by Receiving a Financial Aid Award

Your financial aid award can be made up of a combination of different funding sources. Your Financial Aid award will hold your semester enrollment in classes as long as you have enough funding to cover your tuition and fees.

Types of Awards:  Grants, scholarships, work study and federal loans.

Disbursement is when the financial aid funds on your award letter are transferred (credited) to your student account to pay current tuition, fees, and books (if applicable). Any credit balance will be sent through the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP). To receive your student refunds electronically, you will need to enroll with Money Network® using the link above. Refunds may include credit balances from financial aid, book advances, cash or check payments, payment plan payments, and scholarships.

Disbursement of financial aid is a federal process. Disbursement begins after the Pell Census date, which is the date by which you must register for all classes to be considered in determining final aid amounts for the semester. Courses also include those recognized through the completion of a consortium agreement. If you register for additional courses after this date, additional funds cannot be awarded. Awards for financial aid applications received after this date will be calculated based on your enrollment at the time the application is complete.

*Scholarship applications will ask for additional documents, so carefully read the scholarship applications for deadlines and additional documents.


STEP 4: Disbursement of Your Federal Financial Aid

Financial Aid disbursement is when scholarships, grants, and loans are all applied to the balance of your tuition and fees. 

Disbursement Schedule: Financial aid awards are scheduled to post to student accounts at their home institution during the second full week after their earliest class for the term starts. Excess aid (the amount remaining after all tuition, fees, book advance, and any other related charges are covered) will be disbursed through the MSRP process. Students should not expect their funds any earlier than the third week after their earliest class start, dependent upon the MSRP delivery method selected.

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STEP 5: Keep Your Aid by Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

    Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for Financial Aid Eligibility

    • All students are expected to understand their responsibilities in regard to the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at this institution.
    • Failure to maintain academic progress standards as defined by the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policies listed above may result in withholding or canceling part or all of the student's financial aid award and limitation or loss of eligibility for financial aid.
    • Federal regulations (CFR 668.32(f) and 668.34) require a student to move toward the completion of a degree or certificate within an eligible program when receiving financial aid. Specific requirements for academic progress for financial aid recipients are applied differently than Scholastic Standards. Federal regulations state that Academic Progress Standards must include a review of all periods of enrollment, regardless of whether or not aid was received. The student must meet the following minimum standards in order to receive financial aid.

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    Financial Aid Disclosures

    Financial Aid disclosures are items of information that are generally not known and are required for transparency. It is important for student loan borrowers and recipients to be aware of the following disclosures. To learn more, go to: link here).