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.
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 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 Grant.
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 Unsubsidized Loans.
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.
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.
Online applications are acccepted 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 aid programs.
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 corrections.
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 requirements.
Available Federal Work Study positions can be found via SCC’s JobConnect at College Central Network®. Read about SCC’s Federal Work Study Application Process.
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.