Applying for Financial Aid (FAFSA)

All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid. However, the primary responsibility for financing an education rests with the student and his/her family. Therefore, financial aid should be viewed only as a supplement after resources of the student and family are used.

Application for Student Aid - FAFSA

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step all students must take in obtaining student financial aid (grants, loans and workstudy). The application can be completed at This is the official website for Federal Student Aid. Any other websites may incur a fee to apply.
  • SCC's School Code is 005537
  • SCC has a priority FAFSA application date of May 1st

Students must apply for financial aid every year using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Students should complete the FAFSA application online. Make sure to select the appropriate academic year. Students should request a PIN numberso you can sign your FAFSA electronically.  YOUR PARENTS (if applicable) should also request a PIN if their information is required on the FAFSA.  If you (and your parents) do not request a PIN, you will then be required to print out a signature page and mail it to the Federal Processor. 
  • Students who applied for financial aid for the previous academic year may re-apply at Sign in with your Federal PIN and click on the option to complete a Renewal Application. Make sure to select the appropriate academic year.

We encourage you to view the Financial Aid Handbook for details regarding grants, loans, and workstudy.

Important FAFSA Tips

  • Follow the directions completely. This is the best way to prevent costly errors. An application with errors can cause significant delays in the processing of your financial aid.
  • It is highly recommended that you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the Financial sections of the FAFSA. This can be done for both students and parents if you electronically filed your Federal Income Tax Return at least one week prior to completing your FAFSA (6-8 weeks if you filed your taxes on paper).  This tool links your tax return information into the income fields on the FAFSA. This saves you time in completing the FAFSA and reduces the chance that the school will need to collect follow-up information from you regarding your income. If you do not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will need to closely follow the instructions when entering your income information into your FAFSA.
  • If the FAFSA directions indicate a specific line item from your Federal tax return, enter the amount from that line. Do not assume the FAFSA actually intended you to enter an amount from a different line. For example, if the FAFSA requests the amount you have on line 37 of your 1040 tax return, enter the amount on line 37, not any other line.
  • If you have special circumstances you feel need to be addressed when determining your financial aid eligibility should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at your school. Submitting a request does not guarantee an adjustment of your eligibility. Tax returns, letters, any other paper document that the Department of Education receives are disregarded and shredded.
  • You must sign the FAFSA application. It is highly recommended that you use a PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA. For dependent students, at least one parent must also sign the application. Obtaining a PIN and signing with the PIN can be done during the application process.  If you are unable to sign with a PIN, you will be given the option of printing a signature page which you would then sign and send to the address on the form. Please note that signing with a signature page takes significantly longer to process than signing with a PIN.
  • It is very important that you read and keep everything you receive. It is suggested your create a financial aid file to keep all of your records in one convenient place. The Financial Aid Staff will be happy to assist you with any questions.

 Financial Aid Checklist