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
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
complete, an award notification will be sent to you and direct you to access your award on the Financial
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
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
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
Expected Family Contribution, or EFC. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) uses
income information to determine your EFC and eligibility for federal financial aid (grants, loans,
After filing the FAFSA, some families realize that their EFC may not adequately reflect the family’s
financial situation due to extenuating circumstances. The federal government allows schools to review a
unique circumstances, beyond the student’s/family’s control, to determine if the situation warrants
Please note that a request for consideration of a special/unusual circumstance appeal does not guarantee
addition, even if approved, a recalculation of FAFSA data does not always result in increased
eligibility for the
Special/Unusual circumstances may include (but are not limited to):
Circumstances NOT considered include (but not limited to):
If you believe you qualify for a Special Circumstance please follow the steps to Request A Professional
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
income and assets.
A student considered Dependent may have family circumstances that warrant evaluation so that the student
considered Independent. The bases of a dependency appeal must be rooted in circumstances that are
circumstances may include:
The following situations do not, by themselves, qualify as unusual circumstances in order to grant an
If you believe you qualify for a Dependency Appeal, please follow the steps to Request a Professional
your dependency status.