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Paying for College: Financial Aid

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Ways to Pay

Financial Aid is money that is available to help students finance the cost of an education. Eligibility is determined from the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


Grants are gift aid, which come from the state, federal government or the college, that the student does not have to pay back.

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Money awarded by third-party groups to students who meet various scholarship criteria. These do not require repayment.

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Loans are financial aid that must be paid pack. The student must complete entry-loan counseling, and must be registered for 6 credit hours.

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Student Jobs

Student employment, can be both federally funded (work-study) or jobs and internships at PPCC or in the community.

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Key Terms:


The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA. This is the application for all types of financial aid: grants, loans, or college work-study.

Cost of Education

The cost of education includes tuition, fees, a room and board allowance, books, supplies, a transportation allowance and a personal expense allowance.

Financial Need

Financial need is the difference between the cost of education and the expected family contribution calculated by the federal processing center.

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Special Financial Aid Considerations

If you identify in one of these audiences you might have special Financial Aid options to consider.

Military & Veterans

High School Programs

International Students

ASSET Students 

Financial Aid Forms and Office Hours:

Visit the Financial Aid Office.

Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the FAFSA