Financial Aid

South Central College follows the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Code of Conduct.

  1. No action will be taken by financial aid staff that is for their personal benefit or could be perceived to be a conflict of interest.
    1. Employees within the financial aid office will not award aid to themselves or their immediate family members. Staff will reserve this task to an institutionally designated person, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
    2. If a preferred lender list is provided, it will be compiled without prejudice and for the sole benefit of the students attending the institution. The information included about lenders and loan terms will be transparent, complete, and accurate. The complete process through which preferred lenders are selected will be fully and publically disclosed. Borrowers will not be auto-assigned to any particular lender.
    3. A borrower’s choice of a lender will not be denied, impeded, or unnecessarily delayed by the institution, even if that lender is not included on the institution’s preferred lender list.
    4. No amount of cash, gift, or benefit in excess of a de minimis amount shall be accepted by a financial aid staff member from any financial aid applicant (or his/her family), or from any entity doing business with or seeking to do business with the institution (including service on advisory committees or boards beyond reimbursement for reasonable expenses directly associated with such service).
  2. Information provided by the financial aid office is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.
  3. Institutional award notifications and/or other institutionally provided materials shall include the following:
    1. A breakdown of individual components of the institution’s Cost of Attendance, designating all potential billable charges.
    2. Clear identification of each award, indicating type of aid, i.e. gift aid (grant, scholarship), work, or loan.
    3. Standard terminology and definitions, using NASFAA’s glossary of award letter terms. d. Renewal requirements for each award.
  4. All required consumer information is displayed in a prominent location on the institutional web site(s) and in any printed materials, easily identified and found, and labeled as “Consumer Information.”
  5. Financial aid professionals will disclose to their institution any involvement, interest in, or potential conflict of interest with any entity with which the institution has a business relationship.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Student Life (Brian Yingst, Nicole Emerson, Jesse Spencer, Candace Ballstadt, Tyler Dean, and Katelin Farmer) services will be available electronically. To receive an expedited response, we will all be monitoring: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The application is now open. You can complete the 2020-21 Lifesaver Application online. If your emergency is related to COVID-19, there are additional funds available through the CARES Emergency Fund Grant.

lifesaver fund

The SCC Lifesaver Fund is an emergency grant program available to students to pay for unforeseen expenses that could lead to dropping out of college. South Central College's Campus Foundations will cover up to $1,000 (maximum per person, per academic year) of critical expenses such as vehicle repairs, utility shut-off, medical bills and other emergencies. Payment to third party vendors is made within 48 hours of the grant decision.

For additional questions regarding the Lifesaver Fund, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Since its establishment, the Lifesaver Fund provided $40, students in need.

Scholarships are funding sources that do not need to be repaid. Scholarships are offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations. Ensure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate. Remember that you should not have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid.

The South Central College Foundations annually awards over $500,000 dollars in scholarships. View our SCC Scholarships page for more information.

You may want to consider applying for outside scholarship opportunities not associated with SCC. Here are a few examples:

Scholarships with upcoming application deadlines:

Scholarship databases


Minnesota GI Bill
The Minnesota GI Bill is a program that provides post-secondary educational assistance above and beyond other benefits to eligible Minnesota veterans. Full-time undergraduate students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per semester and part-time students up to $500 per semester. You must apply for Federal student aid through in order to be considered for the Minnesota GI Bill.

Federal Tuition Assistance
Students receiving Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) through the military will have their benefit count as part of their financial aid award.  This may impact the amount of work study or student loan for which you are eligible.  After you have applied for your FTA benefits, please submit your Army Tuition Assistance Authorization Form to Patty Bittner in the Business Office.  She will then process your FTA for payment.

Other Federal Military Education Benefits
All other Federal military education benefits DO NOT count against a student’s financial aid eligibility.  Please contact the VA Certifying Official located in the Student Affairs Center with any questions regarding the process of your military educational benefits.

For additional information regarding veteran benefits, please click here.

Federal and state law requires that a recipient of state or federal financial aid make satisfactory academic progress towards a degree or certificate to remain eligible for aid. In compliance with federal and state law the college has established and will apply the following standards of academic progress.

For more details read South Central's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy


Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) -The grading policy stated in the Student Handbook is used to determine the cumulative Grade Point Average. This average is in turn used to determine if a student is maintaining satisfactory progress.

Minimum Credit Completion Standard - The student must complete at least 67% of all registered/attempted credits each semester. Grades of F, I, NC, W, Z and IP (or blank/missing) are treated as registered credits but NOT earned credits and thus negatively impact the percent of completion. (This is based on credits enrolled in on the 5th day of the term.) % earned = cumulative earned credits divided by cumulative registered credits.

Maximum Time Frame Allowance - Maximum time for a student to complete his/her program shall be 150% of the number of credits required in the program of record. (Financial aid recipients only)

Treatment of Grades - Incomplete Grades - The mark of "I" (incomplete) is a temporary grade which is assigned only in exceptional circumstances. It will be given only to students who cannot complete the work of a course on a schedule because of illness or other circumstances beyond their control. An "I" grade will automatically become an "F" grade at the end of the next term (not including summer session) if requirements to complete course work have not been satisfactorily met. Instructors have the option of setting an earlier completion date for the student. Test Out - Credits earned through test out do not count toward the total credits enrolled per term for aid purposes.

Academic Review - Credits for which a student has been granted academic review WILL be included in all financial aid satisfactory academic progress measurements.

Audited Courses - Audited courses are not aid eligible and are not included in any financial aid satisfactory academic progress measurements.

Consortium Credits - Consortium credits are those credits for which a student is registered at another college, which are accepted in transfer by this college and are included for purposes of processing financial aid at this college. These credits are included in all financial aid satisfactory academic progress measurements.

Remedial Credits - Developmental credits are those awarded for remedial course work (below 1000 level). Students may receive financial aid for developmental credits up to a maximum of 30 credit hours (excluding ESL). These credits are included in all financial aid satisfactory academic progress measurements.

Repeat Courses - Repeat credits are credits awarded when a student repeats a course in order to improve a grade. A student may repeat a class as allowed by the institution. The institution will determine which grade will become the grade calculated in the GPA. All repeated credits are included in the percent of completion and maximum time frame calculations.

Transfer Credits - Transfer credits are credits earned at another college which are accepted by this college. Transfer credits are not included when calculating the qualitative or quantitative requirements, but are included when calculating maximum time frame.

Withdraw - The mark of "W" (withdraw) is assigned when a student withdraws from a class after the drop period. It is not included when calculating grade point average or earned credits. Thus, it does not impact GPA but will negatively impact earned credits and, therefore, negatively impact the student's percent of completion.

Should a student drop or be dropped from a course in which they received aid and received a full refund, the student will be liable for aid received, and must repay the funds.