While there are many avenues to explore for paying for college, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first and most vital step in seeking financial assistance. The FAFSA is required in order to be considered for all federal, state, and institutional funds. Additionally, many scholarships require that a FAFSA be submitted as part of their application process. The FAFSA is completed each academic year. While Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) does not have a priority filing deadline, it is important to complete the FAFSA as early as possible in order to receive maximum consideration for aid.
Need help completing the FAFSA?
Beginning February 6, Paradise Valley Community College is hosting a series of FAFSA Completion Workshops for the 2024-2025 academic year to help students and parents complete the FAFSA. Financial aid experts will be on hand to help students and their families complete this critical form. Workshops will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Union Hills Campus in the Computer Commons February 6 and 20, March 7 and 21, April 11, and May 1.
Students are encouraged to RSVP, however they are not required to do so and can drop in.
Prepare for the FAFSA Workshop
Students need to make sure they have created a Federal Student Aid (FSA) identification and bring the following documents with them.
- The FSA ID is the student’s electronic signature/credentials to access all U.S. Department of Education (DOE) websites and will be used in subsequent academic years. Students and parents must create their own unique FSA ID. Complete the process at https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch. Complete this step as soon as possible as verifying the FSA ID takes a few days.
Eligibility Requirements for Federal Aid
- A high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate
- Enrollment in a degree-seeking program (minimum 16 credit hours)
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACA and Dreamers not eligible)
- Have a valid Social Security number
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
- Not be in default on a federal loan or owe a repayment to the Department of Education.
Documents to bring to the workshop:
- Both student FSA ID and parent FSA ID
- Both student and parent social security numbers
- Both student and parent email addresses