Financial Aid: It All Starts With FAFSA
Attending college is a financial investment in your future, so it's important to apply for financial aid. To determine whether or not you are eligible for a federal financial aid program, S.C. Need Based Grant or Lottery Tuition Assistance, you or your parents (if you are a dependent) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) . The FAFSA must be completed once per year for the following school year. The school year consists of the fall semester (begins in August), the spring semester (begins in January) and the following summer semester (begins in May).
Complete your financial aid file and get accepted into SCC as soon as possible.
When will I find out what I'm eligible for?
The financial aid process generally takes between four to six weeks before you are notified of your eligibility. You do not have to wait for your financial aid award to continue with your SCC admission, advisement and registration processes. However, to be awarded financial aid you must be accepted for admission into SCC and registered for classes.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
Approximately two weeks after filing the IRS tax return, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov
Simplify the process by using the IRS Data Retrieval option when your tax return data is requested this saves you time and expedites the application process. The FAFSA must be completed once per year between January and May for the following school year. The school year consists of the fall semester (begins in August), the spring semester (begins in January) and the following summer semester (begins in May). Priority deadline is May 1 (or closest business day) each year.
SCC's Title IV school code is 003994.
You've Completed FAFSA. Now What?
If you apply in time and are eligible, you can use financial aid award(s) (excluding Federal Work Study, FWS) to pay tuition and fees and to make purchases at the Book Inn. A student may request to "opt out" and use an allowance to purchase books and supplies elsewhere by submitting to the SCC Business Office a Request to Opt Out form by the first day of class for each semester you wish to use an allowance. Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA) cannot be used for books and supplies. Funds available after tuition, fees, books and supply expenses have been paid will be disbursed by the business office.
If you do not apply in time, you will be expected to pay for tuition, fees, books and supplies and be reimbursed for financial aid awards in the amount for which you are eligible
Tips for a Smooth Financial Aid Application Process
- Be accepted for admission to SCC by the SCC Admissions Center.
- Request from your high school that an official high school transcript be sent to the SCC Admissions Center.
- File your IRS tax return as soon as possible.
- Complete the FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval option to transfer tax information.
- Sign all forms where a signature is requested.
- Keep copies of all financial aid documents.
- Respond quickly to all requests for information.
- Record any contact made with the Financial Aid Office.
- Clearly print the student's name and last four digits of their Social Security number or SCC ID number on all forms.
- Remember to reapply for financial aid each year between October and June.
- Remember to check your SCC email account and announcements through your MySCC Portal account.