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Financial Aid

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Step 1

Apply for admission to SPSCC.

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.

Step 2

Complete the FAFSA.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The SPSCC school code is 005372. Need help completing the FAFSA? Check out the 2015-16 FAFSA Demo video.

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.

Step 3

Complete the Terms & Conditions.

Complete the Annual Terms & Conditions (data sheet), all students are required to fill out a new data sheet every academic year.

Step 4

Check the Financial Aid Portal.

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

Why you should apply for financial aid funds

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.

Are you eligible for financial aid? Financial aid awards are subject to available funds. All financial aid applicants must:
  1. Apply for admission to the college.
  2. 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.
  3. Pursue a college degree or certificate that is financial aid eligible.
  4. Meet satisfactory academic progress policy standards.
  5. Not be in default on a loan or owe a repayment of grant funds.
We use the following formula to determine your eligibility:
Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution = Financial Aid Eligibility
Can you afford college?

See the Answer Center: Affording college.

Different types of financial aid

See the Answer Center: Different types of financial aid.

When applications are reviewed

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.

Enrollment levels for financial aid eligibility

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)
Responsibilities for financial aid recipients

See the Answer Center: Responsibilities for financial aid recipients.

Balance check process

See the Answer Center: Balance Check Process.

Dropping or withdrawing from classes

See the Answer Center: Financial aid and dropping or withdrawing from classes.

Financial aid for veterans

See the Answer Center: Financial aid for veterans.

Independent or dependent classification

See the Answer Center: Independent or dependent classification.

SPSCC School Code for financial aid

The SPSCC school code for financial aid is 005372.