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Important Notice: All official communications from our department will be sent to your Pierce College email address. If you have not done so already, you will need to set up your Pierce College email account and check it regularly. More information regarding your email account may be found here.

Winter quarter Financial Aid checks will begin to be mailed starting Tuesday, December 30, 2014 for students who are awarded and have remaining funds. Checks for students whose tuition has been paid through an agency may take additional time for processing.

Please ensure that your mailing address is correct with Registration and that you have notified us if you will be taking less than 12 credits (full time). Checks may also be delayed for students whose financial aid awards do not reflect their current enrollment level.

All students for the 2014-2015 year must complete the Financial Aid Data Form to complete their financial aid file.

Financial Aid Portal

When you need to inquire about the status of your financial aid you will have no more waiting in line, or making phone calls. Get accurate information immediately. Just click Financial Aid Portal to access your financial aid student portal.

  • Log- in to your financial aid account and find out the current status of your financial aid award for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Access financial aid forms and other important information posted from the financial aid office.
  • Use your birth date (MMDDYY) as your password.
  • This is a secure website, requiring your social security number for Username log-in.

Important Dates for 2014-2015

Recommended dates to complete your FAFSA:

Summer Quarter 2014 Mar. 1, 2014
Fall Quarter 2014 Mar. 1, 2014
Winter Quarter 2014 Sept. 1, 2014
Spring Quarter 2014 Jan. 1, 2014

Priority Funding dates:
To ensure processing for the quarter you plan to attend, your financial aid file must be complete by the priority funding dates listed below. This includes any additional documents required such as verification documents and loan applications.

Summer Quarter 2014 May 1, 2014
Fall Quarter 2014 June 1, 2014
Winter Quarter 2014 Oct. 1, 2014
Spring Quarter 2014 Feb. 1, 2014

Summer quarter 2014 is the start of the 2014-2015 school year. The FAFSA and Direct Stafford Loan Application need to be completed on an annual basis.

Meeting the priority funding deadline does not guarantee you will be eligible for aid, or that the aid you qualify for will be of the type or amount desired.

Files completed after the priority funding date will be processed in the order received.

Eligibility Requirements

To receive financial aid at Pierce College, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Enroll in an eligible degree or certificate program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress in your classes.

Estimating Your Eligibility

Note: Only students confirmed to meet all basic eligibility requirements who are enrolled in eligible certificates or degree programs will be awarded aid.

Federal Pell Grants:

  • Please review your Electronic Federal Student Aid Report (ESAR) for fastest access to your anticipated Pell Grant eligibility. The ESAR is provided after your FAFSA is filed each year.
  • Divide the annual Pell Grant total from your ESAR by three to calculate your estimated award based on full-time enrollment (12+ credits) in one quarter at Pierce College.
  • Your Pell award will be reduced to 75 percent value if you are enrolled as a three-quarter- time student (9-11 credits) or 50 percent if you are half-time (6-8 credits).

Federal Stafford Loans:

  • Refer to our Grants and Loans page for information to help determine your student loan eligibility.
  • Loan application materials are available online through our financial aid homepage.

State of Washington Grants (State Need Grant):

  • Due to funding allocation considerations, you are advised to consider your Federal Pell Grant and/or your Stafford Loan to be the core of your award offers for 2013-14.
  • You will be notified of your State Need Grant or other state-funded grant eligibility at the same time you are notified by the college of your confirmed Federal Pell Grant.
School Code 005000

Student Account Inquiries
Documentation Requirements
Program Eligibility
Award Processing Status

Please include your full name and student ID number with your email inquiry.

Recorded Voice Information

Priority Funding Dates
Pierce College School Code
Online Self Service Instructions

Fax Numbers

253-964-6427 (Fort Steilacoom)
253-864-3215 (Puyallup)

Office Hours

M-Th: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.