College can be expensive, but there are funds available to help with costs including tuition, books, and living expenses. Financial aid loans and grants are available to help with college costs. Students can check their financial aid status by viewing the financial aid dashboard in their myPCC account. Students must review and accept their award by the payment deadline or choose another way to pay.
There are many steps in the financial aid process and it can take several months to receive financial aid.
The first steps are:
1. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Fill out the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Students can submit their 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016 using tax information from 2015. The application can be accessed at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
2. Complete admissions.
3. Get admitted to OCCC. Apply for admission at http://oregoncoastcc.org/getting-started/ .
4. Monitor email and submit required documents.
5. Students will receive an email with instructions how to log in to their "myPCC" account and check their financial aid status. Students should follow the instructions in their myPCC to complete financial aid requirements. Timely submission of required documents is critically important. Award processing can take several weeks.
6. Consider all Funding Options.
7. Students are encouraged to carefully consider each type of financial aid available to decide what is right for them, including grants and loans awarded from FAFSA, and scholarships from the Office of Access and Completion (OSAC), the OCCC Scholarship Foundation, and other sources. Review oregoncoastcc.org for more information about all funding, or contact the financial aid specialist at 541-867-8503 firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Review and accept PCC's Conditions of Federal Financial Aid.
9. After the student has completed all federal financial aid requirements in their myPCC, they should monitor their myPCC account. When an award letter appears in the myPCC account, students must accept the term and conditions of the award letter to receive their federal financial aid. Students who would like to borrow loans must be sure to complete entrance counseling and a master promissory note at studentloans.gov.
10. Receive Funds.
11. Students with refunds from their federal financial aid will have a check available for them during the third week of the term. Students should note that loan monies for first time borrowers will not be available until 30 days after the start of the term.
12. Maintain Eligibility.
13. To maintain eligibility students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress which is a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher and successful completion of two-thirds (66.67%) of attempted credits per term.
14. Apply for scholarships.
15. Fill out a free Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) scholarship application at https://oregonstudentaid.gov/. The OSAC application opens November and the final deadline is March 1 of the following year.
Apply for Oregon Coast Community College Foundation Scholarships and other scholarships http://www.oregoncoastcc.org/community-connections/ . The OCCC Foundation scholarship application is available at and usually opens Spring term, though it's never too early for students to begin a scholarship search and start preparing a scholarship essay.
Students expecting scholarship funds should follow up with the organization granting the scholarship to inquire how their funds will be disbursed and what the terms and conditions of their scholarship are.