Financial Aid

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for financial assistance, students must meet the requirements in the following areas as determined by the award program: 

  1. Demonstrate financial need 
  2. Have a high school diploma or GED 
  3. Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program 
  4. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen 
  5. Make satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college 
  6. Additional requirements may apply

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION PROCESS

Students that need financial assistance should contact their high school guidance counselor or the SCC Financial Aid Office for information. 

  1. All applicants must complete the SCC admission application, including submission of an official copy of a high school transcript showing graduation, and/or a GED. 
  2. Applicants must complete the financial aid application, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To complete the FAFSA, students will need to have income information, such as federal tax returns, W-2 wage statements, and records of benefits received from sources such as child support and disability for the requested tax year. Students will be notified by the central processor by email within two to three days. Students without email will be mailed a paper response within 10 days. 
  3. Applicants who are selected for verification will be required to submit additional satisfactory documentation to verify information reported on the FAFSA. 
  4. When all forms have been received by the SCC Financial Aid Office, the office will send students an offer letter indicating the type and amount of aid awarded.

DEADLINES 

Students should apply as soon after October 1 as possible for financial aid for the following academic year in order to have the best chance of receiving campus-based aid and having the award process completed prior to enrollment.  Students must apply for financial aid before established deadlines.  Failure to meet established deadlines will delay receipt of aid. Please contact the financial aid office for more information. Awards are made as complete information is received from each student; however, applications for Pell Grant and state grants are processed throughout the academic year. 

FINANCIAL AID POLICY 

REPAYMENT 

Repayment of financial aid awarded depends upon whether the aid is a grant, scholarship, or work-study and whether the aid source requires a minimum number of hours of enrollment.  For federal funding sources such as Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, students may be required to repay a portion of the funds received if they stop attending classes before the 60 percent point of the semester; this process is known as Return to Title IV or R2T4. The amount to be repaid will be determined by a formula that includes the total federal aid received for the semester and the total number of days the student attended class during the semester. Any repayment due to the institution and/or the U.S. Department of Education must be made before the student can re-enroll at SCC or receive any federal funds. The 60 percent point of each semester is published in the offer letter attachments and is also available in the Financial Aid Office. 

If students have outstanding accounts, they are not allowed to register for further classes.  Exceptions for mitigating circumstances may be allowed by the President or his/her designee and will be in compliance with federal guidelines. 

REFUND POLICY 

TYPES OF AID

Below are brief descriptions of the financial aid programs administered by SCC. 

GRANTS 

Federal Pell Grant. The Federal Pell Grant is an award made to undergraduate students to help pay for their education after high school. Federal Pell Grant awards vary per student based on financial need. The FAFSA must be completed and on record with the U. S. Department of Education, and an electronic Student Aid Report must be received by the Financial Aid Office before consideration can be made for this grant. 

 Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). The Federal SEOG is an award to help undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients. Application is made by completing the FAFSA. 

 North Carolina Community College Grant. This is a need-based grant established by the NC Legislature to provide funds to help meet the education costs of North Carolina residents attending community colleges. Applicants must complete the FAFSA by the published deadline. Applicants must be North Carolina residents and enroll for at least half time (minimum of six credit hours) in an eligible curriculum program. 

 North Carolina Educational Lottery Scholarship (NCELS). To receive this grant, students must be a North Carolina resident and have an estimated family contribution of $5,000 or less, meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of Southeastern Community College, and be enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester in a curriculum program. Application is made by completing the FAFSA. 

 SCC Foundation Grant. Through the non-profit SCC Foundation, Inc., this grant provides assistance to both full- and part-time students having financial needs that cannot be met by other sources of financial aid. Awards vary, depending on need and available funds. A separate application is required. 

 SCHOLARSHIPS 

A large number of scholarships from $100 to $3,500 are offered to SCC students by businesses, civic organizations, service clubs, individual donors, and the state of North Carolina.  They are awarded annually to students who have demonstrated above-average academic ability.  All scholarships require a 2.0 GPA or higher.  In most cases, when scholarships are awarded, financial need is secondary to academic achievement. Some scholarships are especially for students in designated programs or from specified high schools.  All scholarship amounts are based on funds available each year, and amounts vary from year to year.  Separate application forms are required. Interested persons should contact the Financial Aid Office for details. 

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

Federal College Work-Study Program (FCWS). This federally funded program provides on-campus work opportunities for students with limited financial resources. Students are paid an hourly wage. An effort is made to assign students to jobs related to their major field of study or to utilize their specific skills and interests. 

OTHER SOURCES OF AID

Students with disabilities may obtain grants-in-aid covering fees, books, and supplies through the Vocational Rehabilitation Service. 

Veterans Administration funds may be available to those who have served in the armed forces, as well as to dependents of deceased veterans or disabled veterans with a service-connected disability. 

Eligible students may qualify for training assistance through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and other available programs. They may contact the Columbus County NCWorks Career Center, located in A-Building, for further information. 

The NC Army National Guard offers educational benefits that include part-time employment, a student loan repayment plan, the NC State Tuition Assistance program, and the GI Bill. They may be contacted at the following address: NC Army National Guard, Company D(-), 1-20th Inf. Bn., Whiteville, NC 28472-9299.