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Student loans – invest in your future.

Student loans require repayment six months after leaving school or dropping below half-time enrollment. There are two types of federal direct loans that you may qualify for at SCC.

Two Types of Federal Direct Loans
Subsidized LoanUnsubsidized Loan
Awarded on the basis of financial need. Non-need based.
The Department of Education subsidizes or pays for the interest during school and deferment periods. You'll be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full (all periods including in-school, grace and repayment).
Interest begins to accrue during the repayment period.  
Loans disbursed between July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2014, will accrue interest during the grace period.  


How to begin borrowing.

In order to be eligible for a loan, a student must complete the FAFSA application, be in good Satisfactory Academic Progress, be degree-seeking at SCC, and be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours. SCC does not auto-package loans.

Complete the list in the Loan Information Packet to initiate your loan. 

How much can you borrow?

SCC determines the loan amount you can borrow based on your FAFSA results, your Cost of Attendance and other financial aid you have received. The Department of Education also sets loan limits based on grade level and dependency status.

Annual Loan Limits
Completed HoursDependentIndependentSubsidized
0-29 $5,500/yr $9,500/yr $3,500/yr
30-96 $6,500/yr $10,500/yr $4,500/yr

The following aggregate limits represent the total loan debt that may be outstanding at the undergraduate level.

Aggregate Limits
Completed HoursDependentIndependent
Subsidized $23,000 $23,000
Total Loans $31,000 $57,500

Student Loan FAQs


How many credit hours must I take to qualify for a loan this semester?
You must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours in order to achieve half-time enrollment and qualify for a loan. This includes the summer term.
Can I get a student loan at SCC even though I have a bachelor's degree?
No. You would not qualify for a loan due to having reached a status of "Maximum Hours" under the SAP policy. However, if you had a "Prior Degree Appeal" approved, you may qualify.
Do I have to complete a new Loan Data Sheet every year if I want to continue borrowing new student loans?
Yes. You must actively confirm that you want to borrow a new student loan by completing the Loan Data Sheet and indicating how much you would like to borrow.


How much do I owe on my loans?
Find out your loan balance and monthly payment by visiting any one of the following:
Who is my loan servicer?
Find out here: The Enrollment Services Department provides worksheets for keeping a record of your various student loans.
Can I start paying my loans early?
Yes. In fact you will save money on interest by getting a head start. There are no pre-payment penalties.

Transferring Schools

What if I have already used up my grace period and then return to school.  Do I get another grace period?
No. Once you have used your grace period on a particular student loan, you will not get another one for that loan. While in school that loan payment will be deferred, but it will enter repayment immediately after you fall below half-time enrollment. However, any new loans that you acquire are entitled to a six-month grace period.
How many credit hours must I take at my new school in order to postpone payments on my previously borrowed student loans?
You must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours in order to achieve half-time enrollment and qualify for a deferment to postpone your payments.

Contact Information

Kirsten Perschbacher,
A+ Coordinator
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Abby Vernon,
Student Loan Coordinator
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Kristin Thomas,
Title IV Program Coordinator
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