Welcome to Pierce College! Our financial aid team is committed to making the financial aid process as transparent and understandable as possible. We are here to help, so please contact our office if you have any questions.
The information listed below will help you understand your financial aid options and let you know how to start the application process.
Frequently asked Questions about the 2017-2018 FAFSA:
Are the deadlines earlier to apply for aid for the upcoming school year?
No, the FAFSA/WASFA applications are available earlier (as of October 1), but our Pierce College priority processing dates have not been advanced to earlier dates.
Do I have to apply for admission to Pierce before I am awarded?
If you are new to Pierce College, you must be formally admitted to Pierce College before you can be awarded.
I would like to receive financial aid for Winter 2017 Quarter (01/04/17) and Spring 2017 Quarter (04/03/17) quarter, which FAFSA application should I submit?
If you plan to begin classes Winter 2017 or Spring 2017, you would need to submit the 2016-2017 FAFSA application. If you are not planning to attend Pierce College until Summer 2017 Quarter, you would need to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA.
Do I report my 2015 tax and income information on the 2017-2018 FAFSA now, and then update it once I’ve filed my 2016 taxes?
No. You must report 2015 tax and income information, as the FAFSA requires. If your family’s income has changed, complete your FAFSA with your 2015 earnings and contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss your options for having your FAFSA reflect your change in income.
How quickly do I need to return 2017-2018 requested documents?
We encourage students to submit any requested documents as soon as possible. This allows our office more time to follow-up with you if additional information is needed and reduces the chance for a delay in processing your award. The 2017-2018 Financial Aid Forms will be available February 2017.