Applying for Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid is a process that should be started as soon as possible. Work on your Financial Aid File at the same time you are completing other College application requirements.

Proceso para aplicar para Ayuda Financiera 2017 - 2018

Before you apply for financial aid:

  • New students are required to complete an admission application.
  • Make sure the College has you signed up for the correct degree or certificate you intend to complete. If you need assistance, please call Student Services at (360) 417-6340.
  • Meet the financial aid requirements for eligibility.

Financial Aid Deadlines:

  Desired Start Quarter:Apply to PC Before:Complete Financial Aid File
No Later Than:
  Spring 2017 (2016-17 FAFSA)January 2017February 17, 2017
  Summer 2017April 2017May 2, 2017
  Fall 2017June 2017July 18, 2017
  Winter 2018October 2017November 17, 2017
  Spring 2018January 2018February 16, 2018

Applying for Aid:

1. Complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA  (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

  • We recommend you submit your FAFSA at least 2 months prior to the financial aid file completion deadline (above) for the quarter you plan to enroll. A new FAFSA is required every year.
  • Your FAFSA must be submitted to the Federal Processor.
  • The Peninsula College school code is 003786.

    Begin the FAFSA »  (

    What happens after you complete your FAFSA:
    • A copy of your FAFSA will be sent to Peninsula College for review.
      • in about 2 weeks if you submit your FAFSA via the web (recommended)
      • in approximately 6 weeks if you submit a paper FAFSA
    • The Federal Processor will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR) or a SAR Information Acknowledgement. If you provide a valid e-mail address, your SAR will be emailed to you.

    A new state law has expanded eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program’s eligibility requirements and satisfy the residency criteria. For more information and to apply go to

2. Complete Your Financial Aid File

After we receive a copy of your FAFSA, we will notify you via email or mail to login to your web Portal where you can complete your Financial Aid File.

    • Your Portal will list any additional documents we need from you and/or what (if any) additional actions you must take.
    • You must complete ALL required actions listed in your portal on or before the deadline date.
    • Financial Aid files are reviewed in the order they are completed; it is best to complete your file as soon as possible.
    • Click here to watch a video on the Financial Aid Portal

Be informed:

    • To receive financial aid, you may be required to take additional steps or meet certain conditions. It is your responsibility to read all information listed on our website and any related information that may be provided to you by the Financial Aid Office or Peninsula College.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for financial aid, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You have a high school diploma, GED certificate or be enrolled in an eligible pathway program and meet Ability to Benefit (ATB)
  • You have been admitted to the college 
  • You plan to complete a college degree or certificate program at Peninsula College and enroll in required classes for that degree or certificate. 
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credits in order to be eligible for Direct Loan Program, PC Grant, Tuition Waiver, and work-study funds
  • Demonstrate financial need (for most programs)
  • You are making Satisfactory Academic Progress in your studies and are meeting the minimum Pace of Progression requirements
  • You are not currently in default on a student loan received at any school 
  • You do not owe a repayment of grant funds at any college attended 
  • You are a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States (exception if you qualify under Washington State Need Grant )
  • Be registered with Selective Service , if you're a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
  • You have not been convicted of an illegal drug offense while receiving federal student aid 
  • Submit your FAFSA and turn in any required documents, following the Peninsula College Application Process and Deadlines.