PCC, ECU Teaming to Help Students Complete FAFSAs

PCC's Bruiser mascot shakes hands with ECU's PeeDee the Pirate mascot.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College and East Carolina University are partnering this month to help students planning to enroll in college during the 2024-25 academic year apply for federal financial aid.

The new year brought considerable change to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for 2024-25 applicants. To assist students with completing the new FAFSA, PCC and ECU have scheduled a free “FAFSA Day” program that will take place Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in East Carolina’s Joyner Library.

“Many changes have been implemented with the new 2024-25 FAFSA form,” said PCC Financial Aid Director Lee Bray. “It is currently available as part of a ‘soft launch’ while bugs and fixes are being worked out by the U.S. Department of Education.”

Bray said students planning to participate in “FAFSA Day” should visit studentaid.gov prior to the event to secure a Federal Student Aid (FSA) user ID and password that they will need to initiate the application process. She said one important change this year is that parents and students need separate logins, meaning each parent must also create FSA user IDs and passwords prior to “FAFSA Day.”

Free “FAFSA Day” parking will be available in the parking deck on East 10th street, between Charles and Lawrence streets. Attendees can walk to Joyner Library from there.

By completing FAFSA forms, students learn about their eligibility to receive grants and scholarships that do not have to be paid back, work-study programs that allow them to earn money working at the schools they attend, and student loan options that must be repaid. Bray said students are not required to accept any aid offered, but the FAFSA helps them understand their options.

For more “FAFSA Day” information, students may contact the financial offices at PCC (pccfa@email.pittcc.edu) or ECU (finaid@ecu.edu).