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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 many options available to assist students pay for college expenses.  It costs less than you think to attend Pikes Peak State College, (PPSC), we offer a wide range of degrees and certificate as well as the support you may need. 

In addition to administering a wide-ranging program of grants, loans and work-study positions, PPSC provides resources for scholarships.  

Receiving your financial aid all starts with filing your FAFSA, but we know that 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 with responsible choices about money management! 

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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 File.

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

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

Accepting Your Financial Aid Award

Once Pikes Peak has your award offer ready, you can access it via your student portal account - and decide what aid to accept.

This video walks you through the process and details important things 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 requested information. 

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

PPSC accepts grants on your behalf, as they are free monies.  You will chose to accept your work-study and loan offers. 

All financial aid students are required to maintain good academic standing by maintaining a 2.0 GP and completing 67% of their overall attempted credits.  

Any change 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 receipt, you will receive an email from our office if we are needing 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 from the start of the semester. 

Refunds arrive in your selected refund preference within 7 business days from the release date. 

Check your PPSC School Issued email on a regular basis, to prevent missing any important information.  

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 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. 

Steps for Parents  

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 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 are highly suggested to 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.  It is advised that all students receiving financial aid 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.

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.

The Online Campus here at Pikes Peak State College uses D2L (Desire2Learn) and there are two ways for you to access it; through the Portal or going straight to its web page.

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

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

In addition, we host the largest virtual and in-person job fairs in Southern Colorado as well as weekly hiring events. 

Reach out to PPWFC Directly Job Training Colorado Springs | 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