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Financial Aid and required coursework

If you are enrolled in courses that do not apply to your degree program, financial aid will not disburse for those classes. You may need to pay for them yourself.

  • Check in with your academic advisor each semester to ensure you are taking classes that are part of your declared major and will be covered by financial aid.

  • Check your courses in Degree Check If you are uncertain if your classes are required for your program of study, you can always check by logging in to myPikesPeak Portal and clicking on the “Degree Check” icon on the Dashboard.

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Applying for Financial Aid

Apply for FAFSA each year beginning October 1 for the following academic year but remember PPSC's priority deadline is March 31st. this is the date PPSC must have your FAFSA on file for maximize funding. 

PPSC's FAFSA School Code: 008896

Complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA Required for Spring 2024 and Summer 2024

Complete the 2024-202 FAFSA Required for Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Spring 2025 and Summer 2025

March 31 is the priority deadline for FAFSA. You can still apply after this date, but your funds aren't guaranteed.

Need Help Paying for College?

There are options available to assist students pay for college expenses. Pikes Peak State College (PPSC) offers a wide range of degrees and certificates, and offers the financial support you may need. 

In addition to administering a wide-range of grants, loans and work-study positions, PPSC offers scholarships.  

Receiving your financial aid all starts with filing your FAFSA.
We know the FAFSA can be confusing or even overwhelming. That's why we are here to help! Our knowledgeable staff will help you complete the financial aid process and explore other ways to pay for college like scholarships, jobs and internships.

PPSC students succeed choosing responsible money management practices! 

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Checking Your Financial Aid Status in the Student Portal

Once you’ve submitted the FAFSA - it’s important for you to know the status of your Financial Aid.

After your FAFSA is submitted you may be required to submit additional documents before you are awarded financial aid.

Check your aid status in your student portal to ensure your aid is complete and can be awarded on-time.

Accepting Your Financial Aid Award

Once Pikes Peak has your award offer ready, you can access it by logging in to MyPikesPeak portal. You then decide what aid you want to accept or decline.

This video walks you through the process and addresses important details you need to know about accepting your financial aid.

Additional Steps to receiving Financial Aid

Login to your FAFSA and ensure there is no additional action that needs to be taken on your part. 

Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) carefully to make sure there are no typos or errors. If there are, login and correct your application. 

If your SAR has an asterisk * in the upper right hand corner, you may be required to submit documents to the financial aid office. 

PPSC will receive it within 3-5 business days from the date you have submitted it. We may request additional information from you. 

Keep an eye on you PPSC school issued email for requests of additional information. 

Once PPSC has your award offer ready, you may access it via your MyPikesPeak Portal. From the Dashboard, select the Financial Aid Award icon. 

PPSC accepts grants on your behalf, as grants are "free" money you do not need to pay back after graduating.  You must chose to accept or decline your work-study and loan offers. 

All students receiving financial aid are required to maintain good academic standing by maintaining a minimum 2.0 GPA and completing 67% of their overall attempted credits. This means passing courses with an A, B, or C at a rate of 67%. A grade of D is sometimes considered a passing grade.   

Any changes to your eligibility will be communicated via your PPSC email. 

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What to Expect

It can take 3-5 days for PPSC to receive your FAFSA from Federal Student Aid. 

Within a week of PPSC's receipt of your FAFSA, you will receive an email from our office if we need additional information. 

It can take 2-3 weeks, depending on the time of the year, for PPSC to process any additional documents submitted. 

PPSC begins releasing aid for your balance the Monday after the drop date of your semester. 

Book Advances are available 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester. 

Refunds arrive in your selected refund preference (check sent in the mail or Bank Mobile deposit) within 7 business days from the release date. 

Check your PPSC school-issued email on a regular basis (at least once a week) to prevent missing any important information.  

  • Changes in funding
    • Your financial aid award is based on projected funding from federal, state, and institutional sources. If the projected funding is more than the actual funding available, your financial aid award(s) will be adjusted to reflect these changes. 
  • Changes in federal and/or state regulations
    • All federal and state-funded programs are subject to change at any time because of legislative action. If there are changes which impact your eligibility your financial aid award(s) will be adjusted to reflect these changes. 
  • Receiving financial assistance from other sources 
    • If you receive any additional funds from outside sources, including scholarships that were not included on your financial aid award notification, please contact our office as soon as possible so we can include the funds in your award offer. Students are required by federal regulations to notify the financial aid office of all outside scholarships.  If the amount of funding from the outside source changes from what is listed on your award, please contact our office immediately so we can adjust your award accordingly. 
  • Completion of Verification/Special/Unusual Circumstances  
    • If you are selected for verification, you must submit additional documentation to determine your financial aid eligibility.  Once the verification and/or special/unusual circumstance has process is complete, your awards may be revised to reflect your correct eligibility. Students who fail to complete the verification process will not receive the financial aid funds provided on their initial award notification.    
  • Updates to enrollment 
    • Your financial aid award amount depends on the number of credit hours you are taking. Your initial award is prepared based on full-time status (12 credits or more) and will prorate based on enrollment. Adding, dropping and/or withdrawing from courses will have an impact to your financial aid. Please contact our office anytime you make or plan to make changes to your schedule.  

Verification is the process schools use to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA form is accurate. 

Being selected does not mean you did something wrong. Students are randomly selected by the Central Processing Center. 

If you are selected, we will ask for additional documents.  You access this via your MyPikesPeak Portal Dashboard by selecting the Financial Aid Requirements icon. 

Parents will need to create their own FSA ID. 

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Financial Aid Resources

ASCENT is a fifth-year high school program that allows students to participate in concurrent enrollment the year after 12th grade. Qualified students who have completed at least 9 credit hours of postsecondary coursework prior to completion of their 12th grade year may be eligible for the ASCENT Program. ASCENT expanded in 2022 to allow an unlimited number of participants.

Students & Parents: Please check with your high school counselor for specific information regarding how your school district administers the ASCENT program. ASCENT students typically participate in high school graduation after 12th grade.  Complete the FAFSA to determine whether ASCENT is the best financial option for you. More details can be found here: Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT) Option | CDE (state.co.us). 

 

The Federal Student Aid Estimator is a free tool that helps students quickly calculate the amount of financial aid they may be eligible to receive. Students will receive a nonbinding estimate of their Expected Family Contribution (EFC), along with estimated eligibility for Federal Pell Grants, work-study funds, and federal student loans. 

Financial Aid Advisors are available to meet with you in person, by phone and virtually. Drop-in using Navigate.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in-person at Centennial Campus or via phone via Navigate. 
  • Wednesday's for FAFSA completion in-person at Centennial Campus or virtually via Navigate.

How to get an FSA ID for individuals without a social security number. 

Students must accept their Terms & Conditions if using financial aid. 

Access a step-by-step guide on how to accept Terms & Conditions in the myPikesPeak Portal.

Every year PPSC's Financial Aid Office publishes a comprehensive copy of our policies and guidelines, known as the Financial Aid Handbook.  We advise all students receiving financial aid to review the Financial Aid Handbook.

Have you been offered work-study and now you need to find a job? Review this guide on how to search jobs. 

The College Opportunity Fund (COF) is a tuition discount provided by the state of Colorado to students who opt into it and meet the qualifications as outlined by the Colorado General Assembly. 

This calculator is intended to provide estimated net price information (defined as estimated cost of attendance - including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses - minus estimated grant and scholarship funds.

Net Price Calculator

The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard has the most reliable data on college costs, graduation, and post-college earnings.

Ensure you have set-up your refund preference via BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solutions, powered by BMTX, inc.

Single Stop connects students to local community and governmental resources (e.g. SNAP, TANF, WIC, Food pantries, etc.). Single Stop is an online screening tool that can estimate in minutes what supplemental resources students might be eligible to receive.  To complete the online Single Stop screener, please click here Single Stop™ - Your Single Stop in finding benefits & resources. For in-person assistance, visit the Single Stop office located in A-316C at the Centennial Campus Monday-through Thursday from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For any questions or help getting started, please email Kandy Ruiz at kandy.ruiz@pikespeak.edu or call 719-502-3020.

Pikes Peak State College uses D2L (Desire2Learn) as our online campus, where your courses are found. You can access it two ways - through the MyPikesPeak Portal or going straight to its web page.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) helps residents of El Paso and Teller Counties who are unemployed, underemployed, or currently employed by providing job training programs and career development resources.

PPWFC clients range from entry-level to professional, including youth, adults, people returning to the workforce, and those with barriers to employment. They provide job search and training opportunities, including 20 different job seeker workshops at no cost. 

In addition, PPWFC hosts the largest virtual and in-person job fairs in Southern Colorado and weekly hiring events. 

Reach out to PPWFC Directly: Job Training Colorado Springs | Pikes Peak Workforce Center (ppwfc.org)

Funds for Job Training - Pikes Peak Workforce Center (ppwfc.org)

  • This bill requires Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to provide financial assistance to Colorado resident students who, any time after reaching age 13, have been in foster care or noncertified kinship care (following adjudication as neglected/dependent). The IHEs must provide for the remaining balance of total cost of attendance in excess of all private, federal or state financial assistance received by the student.

  • The bill appropriates funds to cover 50% of what IHEs are required to provide to qualifying students under this bill.

  • Each college must designate one employee as a liaison to serve as a direct point of contact for qualifying and prospective students.

 

Enrollment Office

Financial Aid Office

Email and Phone

By email: financialaid@pikespeak.edu

By phone: 719-502-3000

By fax: 719-502-2074

Hours of Operation

Need to speak with a Financial Aid Advisor, Drop-In:

  • In-Person @ Centennial Campus 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday's
    • Wednesday's FAFSA Completion ONLY assistance.
  •  Virtually/Phone via Navigate 
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday's
    • Wednesday's FAFSA Completion ONLY assistance.

Saturday & Sunday | Closed

Centennial Campus

Room A110, Aspen Building
5675 S. Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906