Pasadena City College participates in federal and state financial aid programs to assist students and their families with educational expenses. Financial assistance is available for participation in a study abroad program, however, financial aid is not a guarantee and the amount is dependent on a student's financial need.

To be considered for financial aid, a study abroad student must:

1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on line
2. Be enrolled in an eligible program and pursuing a degree objective at PCC
3. Maintain satisfactory academic progress
4. Not be in default or owe a repayment on federal loans and grants
5. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
6. Register with Selective Service (if you are male) and not have a recent drug conviction
7. Adhere to all study abroad and financial aid deadlines

Study Abroad Deposits

You will be responsible for all deposits and payments, and we encourage you to maintain contact with the Office of Financial Aid for information regarding your status.

Disbursements

Financial aid disbursements typically occur at the beginning of each semester and Direct Student loan disbursements are paid at the beginning of the enrollment period. If your disbursement occurs after you have started your program, you will need to make arrangements to have your check deposited. The Office of Financial Aid is unable to deposit your refund check.

Please keep in mind that the PCC Office of Financial Aid is not responsible for participant refunds.


Financial Aid Programs

Depending on eligibility, all financial aid programs (except Federal Work-Study) can be utilized for the study abroad program. This includes the Pell Grant, SEOG, Cal Grant B, Direct Student Loans, and Scholarships.

FAQ

The amount of financial aid can vary from student-to-student or family-to-family.  In order to determine the amount of financial aid you can receive, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. 

The amount of financial aid you can receive is based on the information you provided on your FAFSA. Once the completed and valid  FAFSA and all required documents have been processed, your award information will be available on LancerPoint. 

Keep in mind, if you are interested in a Direct Student Loan you will be required to participate in a Direct Loan Workshop and complete the required forms in order for the Office of Financial Aid to determine your eligibility. Click on the link below for more information and requirements for a Direct Student Loan at Pasadena City College.

Office of Financial Aid Direct Loan Information

No, financial aid is a supplement and only covers costs related to educational expenses. Those costs include fees, books, and supplies, a reasonable amount for room and board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.

No, you will be responsible for the initial deposit and all payments.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is an undergraduate grant program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy. For more information on this scholarship opportunity, click on the link below.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Office of Financial Aid will complete disbursement information forms presented to study abroad participants by program agencies. Amounts on these forms are only an estimate of what we believe you are eligible to receive. To get an accurate estimate of financial aid, you must have a completed and valid financial aid application (FAFSA) on file with the PCC Office of Financial Aid. If you don’t qualify for all or a portion of the estimated amount, you will be responsible for any amount owed to the study abroad agency.

With the exception of the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) and any remaining academic year Pell Grant, PCC does not provide additional financial and aid for summer study abroad. We recommend that interested students enrolled in the previous fall and spring terms complete the FAFSA for financial aid consideration during either of those terms. Prior term eligibility is subject to applicable processing deadlines and program requirements.