Financial Aid
Completing the FAFSA
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov
  • The application is processed by the Department of Education two ways—online with Pin or online without Pin by printing a signature page. Online with a pin should take 3-5 days to process. Online without a pin, should take 5-7 days.

Student Aid Report
  • Student receives a Student Aid Report, by mail or by e-mail if the e-mail address is provided
  • Schools that the student listed on FAFSA will receive an Institutional Student Information Record
  • School receives the Institutional Student Information Record and determines which additional documents are needed from the student and/or parents
  • Student Aid Report indicates students and/or parents ability to assist with payment of educational cost. This numerical value is called the EFC (Expected Family contribution)


Awarding
  • Students are mailed an award letter which indicates the amount of financial aid they are eligible to receive (Pell, SEOG, NC Community College Grant, NC Education Lottery Scholarship)
  • Unless noted, the award letter is based on Full Time Enrollment-12 hours or more. Additional paperwork regarding Financial Aid policies will be included
  • Students are able to charge their books and supplies in the bookstore during the dates scheduled for that term. The schedule is mailed with the award letter.

2014-15 Student Verification Policy
(School Servicing Center)

2013-2014 Important Award Information

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Note:  Excerpt from Piedmont Community College Financial Aid Policy and Procedures Manual
 
Pell Grant Recipients

Important Information for Pell Grant Recipients Beginning Fall Semester 2012


 In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law significantly impacts Federal Student Aid Programs.

One of the most significant changes is Federal Pell Grant Duration of Eligibility. The law reduces the duration of a student's eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant to 12 full-time semesters (or it's equivalent). This provision applies to all Pell Grant eligible students effective the 2012/13 academic year. The calculation of the duration of the student's eligibility will include all years, no matter how far in the past, that the student has received Federal Pell Grant funding. Therefore, every semester that a student has received Pell Grant funding will count toward the semester limit. Students that have attended at less than full-time status in the past or at present will be assessed accordingly.

Students may view their Pell Grant eligibility by logging into www.NSLDS.ed.gov.