When Should a Student Apply?

If students plan to attend college this year, then the time to apply is now.

It often takes several months to complete the financial aid application and awarding process. Students should plan ahead and keep the following application dates in mind:

January 2, 2016

Application processing for 2016-2017 academic year begins.

April 15, 2016

Priority awarding for 2016-2017 begins. PHSC must receive the FAFSA analysis from the processor by this date and students' financial aid files must be complete and error-free for students to receive top consideration. Priority awarding includes the following funds: Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG), FSAG-CAREER and Federal Work Study (FWS). Files completed after April 15 will be considered in order of the date received, provided funds are available.

April 8, 2016

Initial deadline to apply for most PHSC scholarships.

June 1, 2017

Recommended last date to apply for Federal Pell Grant for 2016-2017 school year in order to receive processed Student Aid Reports (SAR) by June 30, 2017.

Note: PHSC must receive the first Student Aid Report (SAR) with the calculated expected family contribution (EFC) by June 30, 2017, or the student's last day of attendance, whichever comes first.