How to Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid provides financial resources to help students achieve their educational goals.

In order to qualify for financial aid, you must meet certain requirements, including: 1) demonstrate financial need, 2) be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, 3) not be on a student loan default, and 4) have earned a high school diploma or GED. (NOTE:  students who were enrolled before July 1, 2012 may be eligible with either the ATB test or 6 units of college work.)

Here are the basic steps:

Step 1:   All current and prospective students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine eligibility for financial aid.  The priority deadline for financial aid is the same date every year:  March 2nd.  To complete the FAFSA accurately, you will need documents such as your social security number, your W-2 form, your tax return information, or your parents’ tax return information (if you are a dependent student).

Many students do not complete the FAFSA because they think that they don’t qualify for financial assistance.  Don’t rule yourself out!  Completing the application is free, so go ahead and submit it.

Step 2: After submitting the FAFSA online, you will receive an email within 3-5 days regarding your Student Aid Report (SAR).  The SAR is a summary of the information that you reported on your FAFSA.  You will be asked to verify your information and to make any corrections if needed.  On the SAR, you can also add or drop colleges so make sure that Sacramento City College is on your list of schools!

Step 3:  About 4 weeks after Sacramento City College receives your FAFSA information, you will receive an email from our Financial Aid office requesting additional documentation if your file is incomplete.  Make sure to follow through with the appropriate forms to avoid any delays.

Step 4:  Once your file is complete, it may take up to 3 weeks (or longer) to process your award packet.  From that point on, you may look up your status on “eServices.”  eServices Aid will provide you information on the status of your financial aid application, any awards that you qualify for, and a list of documentions or forms that you may still be missing.

Other things to know…

• Financial Aid payments are NOT disbursed before the semester begins, so you may need to find alternate ways to pay for educational expenses ahead of time.

• If you qualify for financial aid, you will need to be officially enrolled in classes…this means that you will NOT receive financial aid for courses that you are on the wait list for.

• If you are attending multiple colleges within Los Rios, you will need to submit a Consortium Agreement.  The Consortium Agreement must be signed by a counselor to confirm that the courses you are taking at the other colleges are required for your educational goal.

• Not everyone will be funded on the first disbursement date.  Submitting your FAFSA before the priority deadline is just one part of the entire Financial Aid process.  If SCC is requesting (or has requested) additional documents, then you must submit them to complete your file.

• The Financial Aid office has two locations on campus: on the first floor of Rodda North and inside the Business Building (Room 153).  Both locations have staff to assist you with your financial forms and documents.

• If you are reading this information AFTER the March 2nd priority deadline for Financial Aid, don’t worry…you can still submit your FAFSA, but priority is given on a first-come-first-serve basis.

and most importantly…

• Financial Aid is based on ACADEMIC SUCCESS!  You must maintain satisfactory progress (including GPA and completion of courses) to continue qualifying for financial assistance.