Financial Aid

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How Much Aid Will I Get


Federal School Code (FAFSA): G24824
School Code for Loans : 024824


Determining Financial Need

The amount of funds allocated to the student depends upon the economic need that is determined by a process known as “needs analysis”. This procedure has two steps:

STEP I involves the evaluation of the data presented in the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) by the U.S. Federal Government to determine the “Expected Family Contribution” (EFC). The EFC is the amount that the student should contribute towards his/her cost of education.

STEP II consists of the following basic calculation: “Cost of Education minus “EFC” equals Financial Need.

The student cannot receive financial assistance in excess of the determined “Financial Need”.  If according to this formula, the student does not demonstrate financial need, the student may only qualify for non-need based programs of financial aid.  The total need based and non-need based funds allocated cannot exceed the total educational budget as approved by PSM.

Awarding Funds

Upon the review of the application and documents received, the Staff of OSFA determines the educational need of each applicant.  The next task becomes awarding of loan amounts and preparing the award notification for each student. Those applicants that will be considered for scholarships are presented to the Scholarship Committee chaired by the Dean of Student Affairs. 

Notification of Award

As soon as the awarding process is completed, a “Notification of Award” is forwarded to each student. This Notification indicates the award allocated, the total educational budget amount utilized in the awarding process, and the “Expected Family Contribution”. No response is required if the student accepts the awards.  There is a ten-day period for response to the Notification of Award.

Disbursement of Funds

The student is requested to authorize PSM to credit the student’s account with any funds received on their behalf.  Subsequently, the student receives any disbursement either as a check or, if requested, an electronic deposit to a checking or saving account.

Disbursement of funds for semester programs is at least once per semester.  For trimester programs, disbursement is at least once per trimester.  Certification Programs receive disbursement at commencement and mid-point of program year.


Links for you

PIN Number
NSLDS for Student
Entrance Counseling
Master Prommissory Note
FIRST AAMC Resource to help manage student debt
Financial Aid Forms
Loan Consolidation


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