Applying for Financial Aid

Students must apply for financial aid each year by completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. The Department of Education (DOE) makes the new FAFSA available after October 1. Students and parents can now download the myStudentAid mobile app in both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android). There is no fee to complete the FAFSA on the Department of Education (DOE) website. The Spanish language FAFSA is also available

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Enroll as a regular student and be degree or certificate seeking in an eligible program of study.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. For more information about U.S. citizenship requirements select this link.

Completing the FAFSA 

  • Complete the FAFSA each year.
  • Create a FSA ID to complete and sign the FAFSA. Parents of dependent students must create their own FSA ID in order to sign the FAFSA.
  • Be certain to enter correct Social Security number(s) on the application.
  • Add the PHSC school code 010652.
  • Prior, Prior Year (PPY). Beginning with the 2017-2018 award year, student and their families will provide income and tax information from the tax year one year earlier than has been used in the past. Therefore, the 2019-2020 FAFSA will collect information from the 2017 tax year. 

After Your FAFSA is Submitted

  • Upon completing the application, students and parents may sign with their FSA ID. If not, students must print the FAFSA signature page, affix the appropriate signatures, and mail the document to the Central Processing Center. 
  • Central Processing Center will perform the calculation to determine the student's financial aid eligibility.

Federal Eligibility Matches

The Federal Central Processing Center matches a student's name, date of birth, and social security number with a variety of federal agencies including the Social Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Selective Service, Veteran's Administration and National Student Loan Data System. If there are discrepancies in student FAFSA and federal agency information during the match process, the student will be asked to provide additional documentation, or actions, to confirm federal assistance eligibility. The student will be notified of federal match results on the SAR and the school will notify the student of requested documentation. Please monitor the student online WISE portal for possible missing documents and file status.

SAR Corrections

PHSC's financial aid office processes and submits corrections electronically for the SAR to the Department of Education (DOE). The DOE transmits the correction to their services, Central Processing Center (CPS), who is contracted to process the financial aid applications. The procedures for corrections and updates apply to all federal student aid applicants.

Awarding Process

After the student's financial aid file is completed, the student will receive an award letter via the student's PHSC mail account indicating their eligibility for assistance, or an ineligibility notification stating they do not qualify for grant programs. 

We recommend students monitor their PHSC mail and WISE accounts frequently during the awarding process in order to provide necessary requested and missing documentation and to review the status of their financial aid file.

Purchasing Books with Financial Aid

Students who have been awarded financial aid for the semester may be able to charge the cost of their books against their financial aid award if they meet the following guidelines.

Other Financial Aid Considerations

Financial Aid Refund Process

The Financial Aid Office applies financial aid funds to pay tuition and fees. If additional funds remain after the payment of tuition, fees and book charges, the student will receive a balance refund check within 14 days of awarding, or within 14 days of the last day of drop/add, whichever occurs last. Students will receive their refund through their selected refund preference with BankMobile. 

Federal Financial Aid Repayment Rules

Federal student aid recipients who withdraw from, stop attending or change from credit to audit status, may have to repay all or part of their federal student aid. Federal regulations require we calculate the amount of financial aid earned when a student is no longer attending or has withdrawn from all courses. This regulation includes courses that are changed from credit to audit status and courses where the student receives a grade of "F" due to non-attendance.