It’s no secret that getting a degree from SCC is one of the best educational values around, but many students begin their college careers with the added burden of trying to figure out how they’re going to pay for an education. SCC Financial Aid Counselor Beverly Booker, says it doesn’t have to be that way. “A lot of the financial stress students find themselves under could be avoided if they would just inquire and apply for financial aid. Don’t assume you don’t qualify,” says Booker. “At SCC, we encourage each and every student to apply, and apply early.” Booker says time and time again she and her colleagues meet students who are certain they don’t qualify, yet they receive hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in federal grants, state aid, and scholarships. “Over 70 percent of our students receive some sort of financial assistance,” adds Booker.
Where Do You Begin?
Start by visiting www.sccsc.edu/applyFA for important details that will help prepare you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. If you don’t have access to a computer or just want a little help filling out the FAFSA, call the SCC Financial Aid Office at (864) 592-4810 or visit an SCC campus near you. It is always wise to apply early so your aid will be available when you need it. The FAFSA application should be submitted by May 1, 2016 for the 2016 – 2017 academic year.
Before you apply for FAFSA, visit www.sccsc.edu/applyFA!
Eligibility Requirements for Various Types of Financial Aid
S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance
The Lottery Tuition Assistance Program (LTAP) is a state program that provides funds that can be applied to tuition and fees after all federal aid options have been exhausted. The eligibility requirements are as follows:
- Qualify for in-state tuition and be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
- Be accepted for enrollment in a degree, diploma or certificate program.
- Not owe a repayment to a federal or state grant program.
- Not be in default on a federal student loan.
- Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester.
- Once you have attempted at least 24 credit hours, you must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 prior to the fall semester of an academic year.
- You cannot receive LTAP for more than one certificate, diploma or degree earned within any five year period unless the additional certificate, diploma or degree constitutes progress in the same field of study.
- You did not receive the LIFE scholarship, a tuition waiver or VA Benefits.
S.C. Need Based Grant
The S.C. Need Based Grant provides additional financial aid to the state’s students who are most in need. The maximum award is $2,500 per year for full-time enrollment.
- If you are enrolled full-time for the fall and spring semesters, and earn a minimum of 24 credit hours during the academic year.
- If you are enrolled part-time for the fall and spring semesters, you must earn a minimum of 12 credit hours during the academic year.
- If you are enrolled in a combination of full-time and part-time for the fall and spring semesters, you must earn a minimum of 18 credit hours during the academic year.
- You must also meet the satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy, maintain a minimum, cumulative GPA of 2.0.
The following requirements are for all federal aid programs including Pell Grant, FSEOG, Federal Work Study and Direct student loans. Students must meet the following general eligibility requirements to receive federal assistance:
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible college program.
- Be a regular student, not a transient student (someone who attends another college).
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Not be a member of a religious community that directs the program of study or provides maintenance (except for unsubsidized Direct Loans).
- Be registered with the Selective Service (males only).
- Not be in default on a federal student loan borrowed for attendance at any institution.
- Not have borrowed in excess of federal loan limits.
- Not owe a repayment on a federal grant or scholarship received for attendance at any institution.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- Not be enrolled concurrently in an elementary or secondary school.
- Provide a valid Social Security number.