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Financial Aid

Important Update Regarding the Pell Grant for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Effective Fall 2016, Pell Grants will be disbursed in three payments each semester (first disbursement: 30%, second disbursement: 20%, third disbursement: 50%) according to the disbursement schedule. The amount of your disbursement is based on the number of units you are actively enrolled in 7 days prior to the disbursement date.

  • If you drop units, your second disbursement will be adjusted/reduced/cancelled.
  • If you drop units, you may be in overpayment. You will be notified of the overpayment by mail.
  • If you are not enrolled full-time, your Pell Grant will be prorated as follows:
Enrollment Units required Eligibility


12 or more

100% of award letter amount for the semester

Three-quarter time

9 - 11.5

75% of award letter amount for the semester


6 - 8.5

50% of award letter amount for the semester

Less than half-time

.5 - 5.5

Eligibility varies

Recent Changes…

Important Changes that May Affect Your Fee Waiver Eligibility

Fall 2016 BOG Fee Waiver Changes

Once you’ve qualified for the BOG Fee Waiver, it is important to ensure that you are meeting the academic and progress standards in order to avoid losing the fee waiver

Academic: Sustain a GPA of 2.0 or higher If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two (2) consecutive primary terms you may lose your fee waiver eligibility
Progress: Complete more than 50% of your coursework If the cumulative number of courses you successfully complete falls below 50% in two (2) consecutive primary terms you may lose your fee waiver eligibility.
Combination of Academic and Progress Standards Any combination of two consecutive terms of cumulative GPA below 2.0 and/or cumulative course completion less than 50% may result in loss of fee waiver eligibility.

You will be notified within 30 days of the end of each term if you are being placed on either Academic (GPA) and/or Progress (Course Completion) probation. Your notification will include the information that a second term of probation will result in loss of fee waiver eligibility. After the second consecutive term of probation, you may lose eligibility for the fee waiver at your next registration opportunity.

There will be an appeal process available beginning Fall 2016.

The purpose of this Financial Aid Web Site is to supply you with detailed information about financial aid at Porterville College. If you still have questions, be sure to ask members of the financial aid staff. We believe that no student should be denied access to the educational experience at Porterville College because of a lack of funds. We must work under federal and state regulations designed to supply funds to those who need them the most. To follow the regulations there is a series of questions that must be asked of you. Please be patient with the application process.

The financial Aid process starts with the completion of the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The information that you provide assists us in determining what you and/or your family should pay toward your educational expenses. Students must apply early to receive funds for the first day of classes. The process is not difficult if you read the instructions and ask questions.  Feel free to come by the office if you have any questions regarding your application or financial aid. May you have a prosperous academic year!

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Student Consumer Information regulations, including the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), require universities to provide access to certain information to enable students to make informed decisions as conscientious consumers. You can obtain the information on our website.

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