PCC / News / January 4, 2010

Financial Aid Day designed to help students get money

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Any student who needs help paying for college can get it at Portland Community College.

The college’s annual Financial Aid Day from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 30, is an opportunity for current and future students to get some help in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Students don’t need to be enrolled at PCC to participate in Financial Aid Day, which will be held at four locations around the college district.

There will be plenty of help for students at PCC's campuses during Financial Aid Day.

Financial aid is as important as ever. Congress and the state of Oregon have greatly increased the money available for grants. At the very least, students may receive a low-interest student loan, but if they qualify, they also may receive free money (grants) from the federal government, the state of Oregon and PCC.

“With the downturn in the economy more people are turning to community colleges to get an affordable start to their education or looking to re-train into a new field or gain valuable skills to become more marketable in the employment market,” said Preston Pulliams, PCC District President. “All it takes is some time on their part to see if they qualify.”

The following are the location details and Financial Aid Day telephone numbers only. The general Financial Aid office phone is (503) 977-4934.

Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth St.) – Financial aid phone: (503) 978-5291. Accessible by TriMet bus lines 4, 40, 72 and Max Yellow Line.

Rock Creek Campus (17705 N.W. Springville Road) – Financial aid phone: (503) 614-7225. Accessible by TriMet bus lines 52 and 67.

Staff will guide students through the online FAFSA form.

Sylvania Campus (12000 S.W. 49th Ave.) – Financial aid phone: 503-977-8521. Accessible by TriMet bus lines 44 and 78.

Southeast Center (2305 S.E. 82nd Ave.) – Financial aid phone: (503) 788-6252. Accessible by TriMet bus lines 4 and 72.

Students should bring their parents and should download the FAFSA form and fill out as completely as possible, the appropriate pre-application worksheet found at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students and parents should bring their Social Security numbers, birth dates, financial aid PIN, information on income earned for 2009, a 2009 W-2, last pay stub from 2009 or 2008 tax return and current value of assets.

For more information about Financial Aid Day, visit http://www.pcc.edu/resources/tuition-fees/financial-aid/day/.

About The Author: James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »