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How to Apply for Financial Aid

  • You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by the federal deadline to be considered for federal and state financial aid as well as SCC need-based aid each academic year. Don’t Pay for the FAFSA® Form. Several websites offer FAFSA help for a fee, these sites are not affiliated with or endorsed by ED. We urge you not to pay these sites for assistance that you can get for free elsewhere. The official FAFSA site is https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.

    The FAFSA can be filed any time after Oct. 1 for the next school year. Select the correct academic year and use the SCC school code number of 007591 for all of our campuses and learning centers.

  • Priority filing deadlines for Federal Student Aid are:

    • Fall Term: April 1
    • Spring Term: August 1
    • Summer Term: January 1

    Our Financial Aid Office will contact you via email if we need supporting documents to complete your file after we receive your FAFSA. Some documents we may need include:

    • Federal tax return transcripts
    • W-2s
    • Verification worksheets

    Your financial aid will not be awarded until we receive all of your requested documentation. Once your file is complete, an award notification will be sent to you and direct you to access your award on the Financial Aid Self-Service page.

    Financial Aid funds are transferred (disbursed) to a student's account no earlier than the 10th day of each term. Our Financial Aid Office will confirm your eligibility in order for you to receive your financial aid.

    Your financial aid will first be used to pay your tuition, fees, books and any other appropriate outstanding charges. You may purchase educationally-related books and supplies from the Campus Store before funds are disbursed if your award is more than the cost of tuition and fees (and room and board on the Beatrice and Milford campuses). You can charge books and supplies up to the amount of excess financial aid to your student account. If you have funds remaining, it will be transferred to your student account no later than the 14th day of each term.

    Federal Work Study students are paid once a month for hours worked the previous month.

    Special Circumstance

    Federal financial aid is based on a formula created by the U.S. Department of Education to determine a student’s Expected Family Contribution, or EFC. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) uses prior-prior year income information to determine your EFC and eligibility for federal financial aid (grants, loans, work-study). After filing the FAFSA, some families realize that their EFC may not adequately reflect the family’s current financial situation due to extenuating circumstances. The federal government allows schools to review a family’s unique circumstances, beyond the student’s/family’s control, to determine if the situation warrants special consideration.

    Please note that a request for consideration of a special/unusual circumstance appeal does not guarantee approval. In addition, even if approved, a recalculation of FAFSA data does not always result in increased eligibility for the student.

    Special/Unusual circumstances may include (but are not limited to):

    • Loss/Change of employment
    • Death of a Parent/Spouse
    • Divorce/Separation
    • Dependent Student marries after the FAFSA was filed
    • Declared States of Emergency (COVID-19, Tornadoes, etc.)

    Circumstances NOT considered include (but not limited to):

    • Standard living expenses (utilities, car payments, rent or mortgage etc.)
    • Credit card/other personal debts
    • Elective surgeries
    • Reduction in 401K/investment values

    If you believe you qualify for a Special Circumstance please follow the steps to Request A Professional Judgement.

    Dependency Appeal

    Your dependency status is determined when you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are considered “dependent,” your financial aid eligibility is based on your income and assets plus your parents’ income and assets.

    A student considered Dependent may have family circumstances that warrant evaluation so that the student can be considered Independent. The bases of a dependency appeal must be rooted in circumstances that are unusual. These circumstances may include:

    • Abusive home environment
    • Abandonment
    • Student is homeless
    • Student is unaccompanied
    • Parent death after FAFSA was completed

    The following situations do not, by themselves, qualify as unusual circumstances in order to grant an appeal:

    • Parents refuse to contribute to the student’s education;
    • Parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification;
    • Parents do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes;
    • Student demonstrates total self-sufficiency;
    • Student and parents “don’t get along”;
    • Student is a single parent or pregnant.

    If you believe you qualify for a Dependency Appeal, please follow the steps to Request a Professional Judgment for your dependency status.

    Steps to Request a Professional Judgement:

    1. Contact a Financial Aid Administrator Rachel Sommerer (Dependency Appeal) or Carlos Garcia (Special Circumstance) to initiate a conversation about your situation;
    2. Submit all documentation for the appeal request to one of the Financial Aid Administrators.
    3. Work closely with that Financial Aid Administrator in order to have a complete appeal file.
    4. Await a decision. Your Financial Aid Administrator will notify you via email of the decision.
    Federal Student Aid videos are provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Please watch these videos to get an all-purpose understanding of federal student aid.