The Office of Financial Aid at Pearl River Community College is dedicated to helping students and families reach educational and career goals through the various financial aid programs available. Financial aid is designed to help students and their families pay for college and is available through four sources; the federal government, the state, the institution and private funding. Students may receive assistance through scholarships, grants, loans, and/or part-time employment.
The largest source of financial aid is the federal government. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal grants, loans or work programs. The application should be completed even if the student does not expect to qualify for federal grants. The results of the FAFSA application is a requirement to be considered for state awards and is needed to determine eligibility for foundation scholarships and potential outside resources.
Before sitting down to complete the FASFA, make sure to have the following items at hand:
- Students and parents need the FSA ID created at StudentAid.gov/fsaid. The FSA ID is the login and password used to submit the FAFSA. It serves as a virtual signature at the time of submission. It is important that parents and students use different email addresses when creating their own FSA ID.
- Students and parents need completed tax returns. The FAFSA application will specify the year needed. If parents and students have completed taxes, they will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to link tax information into the FAFSA.
- Students and parents may also need additional financial information on savings, investments, and business assets.
The Department of Education provides customer service for assistance with completing the FAFSA. The number is 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). The PRCC Office of Financial Aid staff is also available for assistance.
The Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid is another resource for funding. Students are encouraged to apply for state aid each school year. As a reminder, the MS Office of Student Financial Aid requires that students be enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours to remain eligible for state aid and to be mindful of application deadlines. Click here for additional information: https://www.msfinancialaid.org
Incoming freshmen are automatically reviewed for academic scholarships once ACT scores are submitted to the Office of Admissions. Students are encouraged to apply for foundation, service and private scholarships. Click here for additional information: http://prcc.edu/financial-aid/scholarship-opportunities
Lastly, The PRCC Office of Financial Aid communicates with students via the Riverguide student portal and student school email addresses. Students should check the student portal and emails frequently for notices and updates.