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:
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:
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
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.
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):
If you believe you qualify for a Special Circumstance please follow the steps to Request A Professional Judgement.
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:
The following situations do not, by themselves, qualify as unusual circumstances in order to grant an appeal:
If you believe you qualify for a Dependency Appeal, please follow the steps to Request a Professional Judgement for your dependency status.