Financial Aid FAQs
- How do I find out more about obtaining a Pell Grant.
- How do I get a grant to go to college?
- Is my financial aid renewed each academic year?
- What is an EFC?
- Who has access to the information on my financial aid application?
- Will I have to pay back any financial aid money if I withdraw or quit going to classes?
- Do I complete a separate application for all types of aid?
- What is Pensacola State College's Title IV Code?
- What is my DRN number?
- Why did my financial aid award change from last year?
- Must I enroll full-time to receive financial aid?
- How is my Social Security Number used?
- How do I find out how much I owe on my federal student loans?
- More about Pell Grants
Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students earning their first degree. Funds are limited, so the total award amount you receive may not be enough to cover your school expenses. In addition to the Pell Grant, a student can obtain other forms of financial aid such as scholarships, state aid, etc.
Federal Pell Grant Site
Pensacola State College Grants Information
- How do I get a grant to go to college?
- You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online atwww.fafsa.ed.gov.
- The FAFSA is required in order for the FA/VA office to establish eligibility for federal and state grants.
- FAFSA Worksheets are available at the FA/VA office on any campus or center.
- The FAFSA process may take four weeks or longer.
- Check out Pensacola State College's FAFSA page for more information.
No. You must reapply each academic year. Applications are available January 1st of each year for the upcoming academic year.
This is the Effective Family Contribution. It is the amount you and your family are expected to contribute toward your educational expenses. The EFC is calculated from all the information you entered on the FAFSA.
Only the financial aid office staff at Pensacola State College has access to this confidential information.
If you receive federal financial aid and do not attend classes beyond the first 60% of the semester you may be required to repay all or part of the aid you received by check or used to charge fees/books. See Repayment of Financial Aid.
The FAFSA enables Pensacola State College to consider you for PELL, SEOG, and FSAG which is awarded by the Financial Aid Office. Student loans require an additional form that is available only to students with a completed financial aid file.
Your Data Release Number is the number assigned to your FAFSA results. It is located on the top right corner of your paper SAR or the bottom left corner of the front page cover sheet. This number is used by you to make changes to your SAR. Do not give this number to anyone unless you have agreed to give that person access to your FAFSA information.
The formula for determining your EFC may change each year. Any changes in the information you furnish on your FAFSA may also change from year to year.
Your EFC determines at what enrollment level you are eligible for aid. The FDLP (loan), Federal Work-Study, and the Florida Work Experience programs require you to be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) each semester to be eligible. You must enroll only in courses that help you make progress toward your chosen program or degree.
The Financial Aid office will use the student's social security number to secure funds awarded, and report funds received by the student from the state and federal government. In addition, if a student is awarded, and chooses to accept, a student loan, the social security number will be used to obtain the loan funds from the lender the student specifies.
The United States Department of Education (USDOE) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) requires all applicants to report their social security number to be used for all federal financial aid programs as a student identifier for processing and reporting. In addition to its use by USDOE as a student identifier, the social security number is required in order for the Department of Homeland Security to investigate citizenship status, affirm registration with selective service if required, for the Federal Work Study program, and is required on all loan applications for use by the lender/servicer/guarantor.
Collection uses are required by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (§§483 and 484); 20 USC 1078, 1090, 1091 & 1092; 34 CFR 668.16 for administrative usages; 34 CFR 668.33 for residency verification usages; 34 CFR 668.36 for FAFSA verification usages; 34 CFR 668.32(i) and 34 CFR 668.36 for Federal Work Study usages; Authorized by 26 CFR 1.6050 for issuance of Form 1098E, a tax form used to report student loan interest.
Required and authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (§§483 and 484); 20 USC 1078, 1090, 1091 & 1092; 34 CFR 668.16; 34 CFR 668.33; 34 CFR 668.36; 34 CFR 668.32(i) and 34 CFR 668.36