Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

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Students will be able to begin applying for the 2017-18 FAFSA on October 1, 2016.  The 2017-18 FAFSA will be based off student's and parent's 2015 taxes.  More information to come.
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The first step to receive federal grants, state grants, loans, work-study, and most scholarships is to file the FAFSA.  You only need to submit the FAFSA once per academic year.

1. File the FAFSA

SCC School Code is 008466.

Our priority deadline is March 1 of each year. However, FAFSAs received after this date will still be processed. It can take several weeks to complete the financial aid process, so apply as early as you can after October 1 of each year.

2. Apply to an eligible program at SCC 

  • The Financial Aid Office cannot view your Student Aid Report (SAR) until an Admissions application to the college is on file.
  • A list of all programs eligible for Financial Aid can be found here: www.southwesterncc.edu/financial-aid/eligible-programs-study
  • SCC Admission’s Office will send you an acceptance letter with your SCC student ID number.

3. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)

  • Read email from the Department of Education, and follow link to view your SAR.
  • SAR. Read comments at the end of the report.
  • Check information on SAR for accuracy.
  • If you are eligible but did not use the IRS Data Retrieval, please go back and correct your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval.

4. Send Requested Documents to the SCC Financial Aid Office

  • Read SCC email from Financial Aid Office. Check your email to see requested documents/forms.
  • All requested financial aid forms can be downloaded from links contained in your email. Complete and submit any requested forms/documents to the SCC Financial Aid Office.