Applying for Financial Aid

Financial aid is funding that will help you and your family meet college expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, etc. The basic sources of aid are grants, scholarships and employment.

You and your parents (if you are dependent) are still considered the primary source of funding for these costs. Financial aid is intended to fill the gaps where you and your parents might fall short in paying for your education.

Follow these three steps to apply for financial aid at ACC:

1. Submit the FAFSA.

·         All students who wish to be considered for federal and state financial aid, need-based scholarships and private loans must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We strongly encourage you to apply online at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA should be completed at www.fafsa.gov as soon as possible after October 1 for the upcoming academic year.

·         Students whose FAFSAs are received by the priority filing date are given first consideration for some federal financial aid programs that have limited funds.

·         PTSA’s school code for the FAFSA is 004128.

·         Retain the printout of your confirmation page after submitting your FAFSA online. This is your proof that you applied. Remember to mail your signature page immediately after submitting your FAFSA online (if you don’t have a PIN). Save to your computer a copy of the FAFSA submitted online or retain a copy of the paper FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA for your file.


2. Watch your email.

·         Within approximately two weeks after submitting your FAFSA online you should receive a SAR (Student Aid Report) indicating that your FAFSA has been processed and sent to the institutions you designated. Check the SAR for accuracy, and make sure that PTSA is listed as the school you plan to attend.

3. Submit all requested documents.

·         Upon receipt of your electronic FAFSA data from the federal processing center, we will mail you a letter requesting documents needed to complete your file. SUBMIT all requested documentation promptly. You may be asked to submit copies of tax transcripts or other documentation to complete your financial aid application. Respond promptly to these requests (and any follow-up requests) to assure timely processing of your application. Please check your e-mail often to see if there is any other correspondence from the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office uses the PRIMARY e-mail address registered with Admissions.

·         To stay compliant with federal regulations, the financial aid office must determine if your high school credential is valid.  You must also submit all previously attended college transcripts to be a fully admitted student, whether or not you plan on transferring any of the credits to your new degree/diploma at PTSA.

·         Once documentation is received by the financial aid office, it takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process.  Please plan accordingly. 

 The Financial Aid office is available to assist students with the application.

Award Notifications: Financial aid award packages are e-mailed to those students whose files are complete by the priority date.

Award conditions and responsibilities: Be sure to read the emails for conditions attached to your award. Every student has to keep attendance and grade.( It should be above GPA 2.0)

Financial aid disbursement: Financial aid is awarded by the Financial Aid Office, but is disbursed by the PTSA  Business Office. If you have financial aid in excess of your tuition/fees, a check for the balance will be given to you by a check. Financial Aid awards made for the academic year are usually disbursed in two installments; one each semester, assuming you are registered for the number of hours on which your financial aid award was based.

If you have any questions, please stop by, call at 562-9261023(Ext. 302)  or e-mail us at Fsa@ptsa.edu.