The basis for all federal and most state financial assistance programs is the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA). Students are strongly encouraged to complete this application several months in advance for the upcoming school year, preferably after they have completed their federal and state income taxes from the previous year. Students are encouraged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval tool when completing the FAFSA online. This tool is not available until approximately two weeks after filing and paying your federal taxes. Using the IRS Data Retrieval tool significantly reduces the extent of verification for each application.
Deadline dates for Financial Aid are posted in the Enrollment Services Department before the beginning of each academic year. However, if you should apply after the deadline, you may be eligible to receive funding within the school year as a reimbursement.
A new FAFSA application is required for each school year in which a student plans to attend. The application is completed online at www.fafsa.gov. Eligibility is based on a pre-determined formula set by the Department of Education.
A Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required to complete the FAFSA; see the “Electronic Pin” page for instructions on obtaining a PIN. The PIN will serve as your signature to the online application.
The FAFSA will ask you to enter up to ten codes for the schools where you want your FAFSA results sent. The SCC school code is 017027. For other school codes, contact those colleges individually.
An e-mail notification from the Department of Education will be sent to you approximately 1 week after submission. This e-mail is to notify you that the Department of Education has received your application. Students who have an EFC that is over 4995 are not eligible to receive a PELL Grant.
Please be advised that the Department of Education randomly selects students for verification.
The SCC Enrollment Services Department will notify you in writing should you be selected. You will then be required to submit additional documentation before your file will be processed for eligibility. Funding will not be awarded to students with an incomplete file.
Students who apply by the Missouri deadline of April 1 may also be eligible for state grant programs as well. Refer to the section on “Access Missouri” on the State-Funded page.
Pell Grants, Student Loans, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG) and Federal Work Study are the various financial assistance programs associated with federal financial assistance and will be outlined on other pages.