How do I apply for financial aid?
How do I apply for loans?
Federal student loans are available to all students who have need. To apply you must first complete the FAFSA. You must also complete an introductory mandatory Loan Entrance Counseling Session. After you complete the Entrance Counseling session, you may apply via eServices. For more detailed information visit the Student Loans web page.
How do I complete the financial aid application (FAFSA)?
Before you begin:
- If you don’t already have a US Department of Education PIN (Personal Identification Number), apply for one now at www.pin.ed.gov. If you’re a dependent student, your parents should also apply for a PIN now so that they can electronically sign your FAFSA.
- When you’re ready to begin, select “Filling Out a FAFSA” and follow the on-screen instructions. You can use your PIN to sign electronically before you start.
- If you have questions or need help in completing the FAFSA, free help is available when you click the “Live Help” link on any FAFSA screen to send and receive real-time answers to questions by email or call 1-800-4-FED-AID.
- Sign the FAFSA using your PIN; or
- Print, sign and mail in a paper signature page; and If you are a dependent student, have your parent sign with a PIN or on the signature page.
- Submit your application using the “Submit My FAFSA Now” button.
- You will see a confirmation page with a confirmation number and your estimated Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your school will use the EFC to calculate the type and amount of student aid you’re eligible to receive. Be sure to print the confirmation page for your records.
- You’ll receive an email with a link to your online Student Aid Report (SAR) within 5 days if you entered your email on your FAFSA application. Otherwise you’ll receive a paper SAR in the mail in about 2 weeks. Contact www.fafsa.gov and select “Check the Status of a Submitted FAFSA” if you did not receive a SAR within that timeframe.
- VERY IMPORTANT: Check your SAR carefully to make sure your responses are correct. If you applied early and estimated your income and taxed, go back and compare your SAR answers with your W-2 forms and IRS tax returns. Correct any answers that are wrong.
- You can check, correct and print your processed information at any time on the FAFSA Website, using your PIN.
Are there any videos available to help me apply for financial aid?
Use Sacramento City College’s Financial Aid TV Video Service:
Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year?
Yes, you must apply for financial aid every year. Your financial aid is based on your family’s annual income. If your financial circumstances change, you may get more or less aid. After your first year you will receive a “Renewal Application” which is a pre-populated FAFSA using information from the prior year. Things that affect your eligibility for financial aid are members in your family and the number of family members in college. Renewal of your financial aid package also depends on your satisfactory academic progress toward an approved program or educational goals. Your satisfactory academic progress is based on the percentage of course completion, number of units earned, and a minimum 2.0 GPA.
Can I receive financial aid for attending courses at another college?
Yes, if the courses you are taking are within a Los Rios District college. If you are taking classes at another Los Rios campus outside of SCC, you need to file a Consortium Agreement with the Financial Aid Office in order to receive credit. You cannot receive Grants from two schools during the same term. Students can receive a BOG waiver at multiple institutions within the same term. For example, if you complete a BOG waiver at SCC, that same BOG wavier will work at all the remaining Los Rios campuses.
What are the eligibility requirements?
To receive Federal and most State financial aid, an applicant must:
- Be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen (permanent resident, resident alien, refugee, asylee); NOTE: State of California programs may have a less restrictive residency requirement for non-U.S. citizens
- Be enrolled at Sacramento City College
- Be officially enrolled in a degree, certificate, or eligible transfer program in a declared major at Sacramento city college
- Be making satisfactory academic progress according to financial aid policy
- Have financial need as demonstrated through application on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Not be in default on a Federal student loan or owe a repayment on a Federal student grant
- Have a high school diploma, a GED (General Equivalency Diploma), their equivalent, or demonstrate an ability to benefit from a college education by passing the required Department of Education approved ‘Ability to Benefit’ test offered by the Assessment and Tutorial Center
- Be registered with the Selective Service (unless not required to register). Supply an accurate Social Security Number and name.
- Provide all documentation requested by the financial aid office.
How are financial aid payments made?
How many units do I have to enroll in to get financial aid?
- 12 or more units – You will receive 100% of your financial aid award
- 9 to 11.5 units – You will receive 75% of your financial aid award
- 6 to 8.5 units – You will receive 50% of your financial aid award
- Less than 6 units – You may receive a small check, which varies based on your living situation and estimated family contribution (EFC).
How much does it cost to attend college at Sacramento City College?
The Cost of Attendance varies depending on your living situation. View the College Costs web page for more information.
Am I an Independent Student or Dependent
If you are considered an Independent Student, only your information (and your spouse’s, if you are married) is used to calculate the expected family contribution. If you are a Dependent Student, your parents’ income information is also used.
If you do not qualify as an Independent student according to the eligibility criteria in the links below you are considered a dependent student.
I'm taking classes at more than one Los Rios Community College District Campus, can I use units from other campuses for financial aid eligibility at SCC?
Yes, you want to fill out a Consortium Agreement request.
A Consortium Agreement is an agreement between the other Los Rios Community College District (LRCCD) Colleges and Sacramento City College (SCC) to allow students to enroll in classes concurrently at other campuses within the Los Rios Community College District and have those class units be applied towards their financial aid eligibility at SCC. In order for units being taken at other LRCCD campuses to be accepted, the student must meet the following guidelines:
- SCC must be the school you intend to graduate or transfer from
- You must meet with a counselor to confirm that the courses you are taking at the other college in the district can be applied to your degree or transfer program
Units taken concurrently with enrollment at SCC and another LRCCD college through a Consortium Agreement will also be included in the calculation for all SAP standards.
If this describes your situation, you may submit a Consortium Agreement Request Form below.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The deadlines to submit a Consortium Agreement Request are online here: http://www.scc.losrios.edu/financialaid/deadlines/