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.

Starting Oct. 1, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at (previously Jan. 1, learn about the date change). The SPSCC school code is 005372. Need help completing the FAFSA? Check out the FAFSA Demo video.

Academic Year 2017-2018: Complete the 2017/2018 FAFSA to determine your eligibility for Summer 2017 through Spring 2018.

Academic Year 2018-2019: Complete the 2018/2019 FAFSA to determine your eligibility for Summer 2018 through Spring 2019.

Students can currently submit for both years.

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 Advising & Registration.

Before registering for classes you must complete the steps to enroll. Not completing these steps will limit you from being able to successfully register for classes. After you have applied to the college and completed placement testing or submitted transcripts, follow the two steps to register for classes. See New or Returning Student Advising.

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.


The Department of Education has turned off the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) feature on the FAFSA for the 2016-2017 and the 2017-2018 filing years. If you are completing your FAFSA, you can find the information you need on your 2015 tax return. Please use the 2015 tax information for both filing years.

View chart to help you complete the income section of the FAFSA

FAFSA Required Documents

During the review process you may be required to provide:

  • A copy of your I-94, I-151, or I-688 if your eligible non-citizenship status is not confirmed
  • A Leave and Earnings Statement
  • A copy of your and, if applicable, your parents' tax transcript (NOT a copy of a tax return)
  • A Verification worksheet
  • A copy of your Social Security card
  • Confirmation of your Selective Service (Military Draft) registration
  • A statement from your lender if you are in default on a Federal student loan

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 Deadlines

Quarter/Year applying for: Application File must be complete by:
Summer 2018 Mar 16, 2018
Fall 2018 Jun 15, 2018
Winter 2019 Oct 19, 2018
Spring 2019 Jan 25, 2019


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
Different types of financial aid

See the Info 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 Info Center: Responsibilities for financial aid recipients.

Financial aid refunds

See Financial Aid Refund Process.

Dropping or withdrawing from classes

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

Financial aid for veterans

See Veteran & Military Education Benefits.

SPSCC School Code for financial aid

The SPSCC school code for financial aid is 005372.