Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
Apply for admission — you can apply online. Financial Aid communicates with students primarily through SPSCC student email. Student emails are created upon admission to the college.
Complete your FAFSA at least three weeks before the published deadlines in case additional documents are required. One-on-one assistance is available at the One Stop, Building 22.
Complete the Annual Terms & Conditions (data sheet), all students are required to fill out a new data sheet every academic year.
The Financial Aid Portal is available to students once the FAFSA has been received by SPSCC. In addition to the FAFSA and Terms & Conditions, students may be required to submit additional documentation to complete their file.
Financial Aid Application Deadlines
We evaluate financial aid applications in the awarding cycles listed below. All required documents must be received by the deadline date to be considered complete. If an application is received after the deadline, we will still review the application but students may not be awarded before tuition is due and should plan on paying tuition to guarantee enrollment.
Priority Deadline for 2015-16
|Quarter/Year applying for:||Application File must be complete by:|
|Summer 2015||Mar 19, 2015|
|Fall 2015||Jun 18, 2015|
|Winter 2016||Oct 22, 2015|
|Spring 2016||Jan 28, 2016|
Financial Aid Forms
Financial Aid FAQs
The cost of financing a college education is steadily rising. Many parents and students are finding it increasingly difficult to pay for college without some financial assistance. We attempt to make limited funds available in a fair and equitable manner. The distribution of these funds is regulated by federal and state laws and we cannot determine your eligibility for financial aid unless you complete the entire application process.
- Apply for admission to the college.
- Have a high school diploma, GED or have completed a secondary school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under State law.
- Pursue a college degree or certificate that is financial aid eligible.
- Meet satisfactory academic progress policy standards.
- Not be in default on a loan or owe a repayment of grant funds.
Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution = Financial Aid Eligibility
See the Answer Center: Affording college.
See the Answer Center: Different types of financial aid.
We evaluate financial aid applications in batches based on the date the file was completed, when all required items are received in our office. We continuously review and award applications throughout the year. Make sure your application is completed by the deadline dates to ensure notification of your financial aid eligibility before tuition is due. Applications completed after the deadline will be reviewed in an ongoing basis but cannot be guaranteed notification for tuition payment. You must plan to pay your tuition to guarantee your enrollment. If you are determined later to be eligible, you will receive retroactive funds for that respective quarter, which may be more or less than what you paid out of pocket, depending on your eligibility and funds available.
Your enrollment level is determined at 6:00 pm on the third day of the quarter. Enrollment levels are:
- Full-time student (12+ credits)
- Three-quarter time student (9-11 credits)
- Half-time student (6-8 credits)
- Less than half-time student (1-5 credits)
See the Answer Center: Responsibilities for financial aid recipients.
See the Answer Center: Balance Check Process.
See the Answer Center: Financial aid and dropping or withdrawing from classes.
See the Answer Center: Financial aid for veterans.
See the Answer Center: Independent or dependent classification.
The SPSCC school code for financial aid is 005372.