Important Notes About Financial Assistance

Federal financial assistance can be received at only one institution per semester.

The application processor must receive all federal financial assistance applications by June 30 for the previous school year. NOTE: Your completed FAFSA application must be received by Enrollment Services by the last day of the term in which you plan to receive financial assistance.  Financial assistance will not be awarded if you are no longer attending SCC

The Department of Education randomly selects FAFSA applications for verification. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will indicate if your application has been selected. Students who are selected for verification will be required to submit an income verification statement and signed copies of their IRS federal tax return transcripts from the previous year.  Dependent students are required to submit a signed copy of their parents’ IRS federal tax return transcript as well.  Additional verification documents could also be required. You are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool when completing the FAFSA application.

Financial Aid eligibility will be determined by the number of credit hours a student is enrolled in as of the following dates:

  • Fall Semester: Sept. 15
  • Spring Semester: Feb. 15
  • Summer Semester: June 15

Any credit hours added after these dates will not be considered in your financial aid eligibility. In addition, you must have the correct degree program active prior to these dates. You should run a degree audit via SCC connection to ensure that you are in the correct courses for your active degree program.

Students withdrawing from all courses during a semester may owe money to the Department of Education and/or to SCC for expenses incurred. This process is referred to as “Return of Title IV Funding.” The amount of assistance a student earns is determined on a prorated basis. For example, if a student attends classes for 30 percent of the semester, he/she would be eligible to receive only 30 percent of the assistance he/she was originally scheduled to earn. SCC will conduct this calculation and will notify the student in writing of any balances owed to either the Department of Education and/or SCC.

Students who do not have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent (e.g., GED), or do not meet the home school requirements, and who first enroll in a program of study after July 1, 2012, will not be eligible to receive federal financial assistance.

Non-degree/certificate programs, including pre-allied health, will no longer be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant or for Subsidized Federal Direct Loans. Students pursuing a pre-allied health program at SCC will be eligible only for one Federal Direct Student Loan in one 12-month period. After this time, the student loses eligibility for federal financial assistance while pursuing a Pre-Allied Health program at SCC.

Only three hours of physical education courses will count towards the elective requirement for the Associate of Arts degree program. Physical education course credit is not required for any other degree program.


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