Our financial aid representatives specialize in helping you make your education at Southeast Community College affordable. They will guide you through the financial aid process to find funding to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, housing, transportation and more.
Your first step with this process is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. 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. You must submit a FAFSA form by the federal deadline to be considered for financial aid each academic year.
SCC issues an online Financial Aid Award Letter that informs students of the financial aid they may be eligible to receive. The student’s offer of financial assistance is their estimated financial aid package for the academic year. Eligibility for need-based aid is determined by the estimated cost of attendance, the student’s Expected Family Contribution based on the information that was provided on the student’s FAFSA and the student’s enrollment status.
Please contact us if you have any questions as we are here to help you fund Your Path to Possible. If you are a current student, please check your SCC email for communication updates from our office.
The Biden-Harris Administration announced Aug. 24, 2022, that students may qualify for up to $20,000 in student loan forgiveness. Go to the U.S. Department of Education for more information.
The following federal and state programs and SCC specific financial assistance are available to you:
If your parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan, you may be
eligible for an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if
You apply by completing a FAFSA.
The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year but cannot
exceed your cost of attendance for that award year. View
the amount of the maximum Federal Pell Grant award for the current award year.
You will have to fill out the FAFSA form every year that you’re in school. After you have done that, your
school, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, will determine your eligibility for an
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
Once you have earned a baccalaureate degree or your first professional degree, or have used up all 12
semesters of your eligibility, you are no longer eligible to receive an Iraq and Afghanistan Service
The SCC Educational Foundation established the scholarship program to make college affordable for SCC
students and to recognize outstanding academic achievement.
SCC Institutional scholarships are considered gift aid and do not require repayment.
All of the eligibility requirements for federal financial aid also apply to SCC Scholarships.
Online applications are accepted during the following application periods:
Last year, more than 2,000 students received scholarship awards at a value of more than $2 million.
External scholarships are awarded by organizations outside of Southeast Community College. SCC is not
informed about scholarships that external organizations have provided to you.
Once you are notified by the organization of your award, it is your responsibility to:
Once processing is complete the funds will be credited to your account.
SCC has established agreements with a number of area universities, including Concordia University and
Nebraska Wesleyan. Please visit our Transfer Information page for additional details listed with each institution.
If you plan to enroll in summer classes in 2022 and need financial aid, you must complete the 2021-22
FAFSA. Please keep in mind the following
Federal Work-Study (FWS) enables students who demonstrate financial need to earn a portion of their
educational expenses. (Students must complete the FAFSA® to be considered for FWS funds.) In this
program, students earn at least the current hourly minimum wage by working at the school or for
nonprofit or private for-profit agencies. Southeast Community College helps eligible students locate
jobs; certain restrictions apply.
The first step in qualifying for financial assistance is completing and filing the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), which serves as an application for all federal – and most state – student
The FAFSA® can be filed electronically at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa; be sure to include the SCC school code
(007591). The FAFSA® becomes available every October 1. The FAFSA® should be filed as
soon as possible and must be renewed each year. Prompt submission assures consideration for maximum
available financial aid. For Federal and State aid specific deadlines, visit studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. The information reported on the FAFSA® is
used to determine the expected family contribution (EFC). Financial aid eligibility is determined by
subtracting the EFC from the total estimated educational expenses.
After the FAFSA® has been processed, the student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). The student
and/or family must review the SAR for accuracy and notify the financial aid office of any necessary
Assistance packages are developed using information from the FAFSA® and any supplemental documents. The
foundation for all assistance packages is contributions from student and family income and assets. SCC
provides students with an electronic award letter via their Student Self-Service account indicating the
amount of financial aid for which they may be eligible and sources from which the aid may be received.
Reinstated/readmitted students may be considered for financial aid if they meet all eligibility
Available Federal Work Study positions can be found via SCC’s JobConnect at College
Central Network®. Read about SCC’s Federal Work Study Application
Southeast Community College complies with all applicable state and federal equal credit opportunity laws;
however, SCC cannot guarantee financial assistance or credit to any student.
FAFSA® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Education.
This federal program provides low-interest loans for students enrolled and attending SCC at least
half-time (a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours). Federal Student Loan applications are certified by the SCC Financial
Aid Office and funded through the U.S. Department of Education. You are required to pay back the amount
of the loan plus interest. The types of direct loans available are:
As a borrower, you will be classified into one of these groups:
Depending on your status, you are eligible to borrow up to the following amounts:
You will be classified as a first-year for student loan purposes until you have earned 30 credit hours
toward an eligible program of study. The maximum amount you may borrow as an undergraduate during your
college program is $31,000 for dependent students and $57,500 for independent students.
Before you receive your loan funds, you will be required to complete the following on the U.S. Department
of Education website using your FAFSA login:
Our Financial Aid Office will inform you of the type of loan you are eligible for (subsidized,
unsubsidized or a combination of both). We follow guidelines and regulations from the U.S. Department of
Education when certifying loans and/or determining amounts. You can request the reasons for our decision
in writing. Federal Student Loan borrower interest rates vary depending on the loan type and the first
disbursement date of the loan. Please see the interest rates for Direct Subsidized and Direct
If you have borrowed a federal loan from SCC and you will be graduating, withdrawing, or dropped below half-time (6
or more credit hours), you must complete exit counseling. The exit counseling is designed to make you aware of your
repayment responsibilities, familiarize you with your lender(s), give you examples of repayment schedules, and to
answer any questions you may have regarding your loans.
Before you begin repaying your federal loan(s), the federal government requires that you understand the basics of
repayment. On-line exit counseling takes just a few minutes and will cover:
Complete the Loan Exit CounselingYou will need your Social Security Number, Date of Birth, your FSA ID, and names, addresses, phone numbers,
and email addresses for 4 references. This will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
SCC is required to provide the additional loan information listed below. The links below are provided for your reference and access only. (FYI)
You can view your federal loan history (Direct, Stafford, Perkins, PLUS, Grad PLUS) at Manage Loans|Federal Student Aid. This website will show all your prior loans, as well as, the lenders and servicing agencies attached to those loans. You will need your FSA ID to access this web site.
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Direct Loan Exit Counseling Guide
If you experience problems with your loans, you should first attempt to resolve complaints by contacting your lender or loan servicing agency. If you, have made a reasonable effort to resolve the problem through normal processes and have not been successful, you should contact the FSA Ombudsman.
A deferment or forbearance allows you to temporarily postpone making your federal student loan payments or to temporarily reduce the amount you pay.
The Department of Education has a website dedicated to deferment and forbearance.
All in-school deferment request should be submitted to email@example.com for processing.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Information
This federal program loans eligible parents of a dependent student a Direct PLUS loan to help pay for
college expenses. Loan applications are certified by the SCC Financial Aid Office and are funded through
the U.S. Department of Education. The yearly limit for this loan is SCC’s cost of attendance minus any
other financial aid you receive.
Your parents are responsible for repayment of this loan with options of when repayment starts after the
origination date. The PLUS loan is subject to a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan. Please see
the interest rates for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan.