Rights and Responsibilities


A Sacramento City College (SCC) student receiving financial aid has the right to the following:

  1. Information on federal, state and institutional financial aid programs.
  2. Notice of deadlines of applications of each financial aid program and for any supporting documentation.
  3. Explanation of the various elements in your financial aid package, and how and when you will receive your financial aid.
  4. Explanation of the costs to attend SCC and the policies if you withdraw.
  5. Explanation of how your financial aid offer was determined.
  6. Explanation of the portion of your financial aid that is a grant, and how much must be paid back. If you are offered a loan, you have the right to know the interest rate, the total amount that must be repaid, your repayment options, when repayment begins, how long you have to repay, and conditions of deferments and cancellations.
  7. Explanation of how to be considered for additional aid if your financial circumstances change.
  8. Explanation of how SCC determines whether or not a student is making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  9. Explanation of how to reapply for financial aid for subsequent years.


As a Financial Aid applicant at SCC, I must adhere to the following responsibilities:

  1. A photo ID is required in order to obtain any information pertaining to my financial aid status at the Financial Aid Office.
  2. The Financial Aid Office cannot make copies of required documents. I must retain a copy of all submitted Financial Aid documents for my records. The Financial Aid Office is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or destroyed documents via mail.
  3. To establish financial aid eligibility at SCC, I must have a current admissions application, register for classes, be enrolled in an eligible program, and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Please refer to the SAP Policy.
  4. I must declare an eligible educational goal each semester when completing the supplemental form online or with the A&R Office in order to be eligible for financial aid. If my declared Educational goal is to obtain a certificate program at SCC, I will be ineligible for financial aid if the courses I am enrolled in are not required as part of the certificate program. Students who have an ineligible educational goal or enrolled in an ineligible certificate program at SCC are not eligible to receive financial aid.
  5. I must keep my mailing address current with the Admissions & Records Office, Financial Aid Office, and BankMobile (formerly Higher One) separately. Checks, if selected as a refund preference, will be mailed to the mailing address with BankMobile. The Financial Aid Office will correspond with me via the Los Rios Gmail starting Fall 16 forward, and the address on my FAFSA for terms prior to Fall 16. I will check my email regularly for updates and information pertaining to my financial aid status. If I did not provide a valid email address on my FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office will correspond with me via the mailing address on my FAFSA. As a result, I must keep all my mailing and email addresses current at all times.
  6. My name, date of birth, and social security number must match ALL of the following in order for aid to be disbursed: CA Driver’s License/I.D., Social Security Card, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents (if applicable), and records at the Financial Aid and Admissions offices.
  7. I must have a high school diploma or equivalent (such as a General Educational Development certificate (GED), State Equivalent test, or have been homeschooled). If I was enrolled in an eligible Title IV program prior to July 1, 2012, I may be eligible to meet the high school requirement if I successfully completed six degree or certificate applicable/transferable units offered by the institution.
  8. Students with a baccalaureate or professional degree from a foreign school or the United States are ineligible.
  9. If I do not maintain SAP, I will be dismissed and must review the Appeal Eligibility criteria. If eligible I must submit a Financial Aid Appeal form to request an evaluation to determine further eligibility for receiving financial aid. See appeal deadlines.
  10. I am encouraged to have official academic transcripts on file with the Admissions & Records (A&R) Office for all colleges attended other than Los Rios colleges (ARC, CRC, and FLC).  This will allow me to receive credit for coursework taken at another institution that is accepted towards my Educational Goal at SCC. I will be dismissed or may have to repay if I completed a degree or have 72 or more units for any transcripts evaluated after aid has been disbursed.
  11. I must notify the SCC Financial Aid Office in writing by completing a “Decline of Financial Aid” form if I enroll or attend any other college or post-secondary school within the same award year (08/23/2014 to 08/05/2015). I cannot receive financial aid from two or more institutions at the same time or periods of overlapping terms. If I was already disbursed at SCC, I will repay SCC first prior to receiving aid at another college.
  12. Financial Aid will disburse my funds based on my actual enrollment status at the time of disbursement. Late-start or waitlist class(es) will not be considered for payment until the class(es) begin.  If I have an increase in the number of units, adjustments will only be made during the following weeks: week 1, week 3, week 5, week 9, and on the recalculation date established by the Financial Aid Office for each semester.
  13. If I plan to enroll in courses at American River College, Cosumnes River College, and/or Folsom Lake College, I must submit a Consortium Request form. Course(s) enrolled at ARC, CRC, or FLC must be from my declared program of study at SCC. I must be enrolled in at least 0.5 units at SCC (my home school) to be considered for a consortium. All Consortium Request forms must be submitted no later than the deadlines established by the Financial Aid Office for each semester to the school granting your certificate, degree, or transfer regardless of if I have any outstanding documents. Consortium requests will be processed for disbursement by the recalculation date. Consortium deadlines and recalculation dates for each semester are available on our Dates & Deadlines page.
  14. If I withdraw from school, I may be required to repay any unearned portion of federal fund(s) received. In addition, I will be billed for any institutional portion Sacramento City College is required to refund the Department of Education for the financial aid assistance I received. Until this institutional portion is paid in full, a hold will be placed on my Los Rios School record, which prevents me from registering for classes and obtaining academic transcripts. Furthermore, I will be ineligible to receive any Title IV funding.
  15. The Department of Education or the Financial Aid Office may select my file for a process called “verification”. This selection may take place any time during the school year, even after I begin to receive financial assistance. The verification process will require patience and cooperation as I complete this federal requirement. The verification process takes 4 to 6 weeks from the time that the Financial Aid Office receives all requested documents. I am required to repay any over awarded amount that I have received as determined by the verification process due to subsequent corrections received after any disbursement(s).
  16. A federal student loan request will only be considered after I have completed the FAFSA application process, all grant eligibility has been determined, and I have received an award letter from SCC. I must be enrolled, maintain at least half-time enrollment status for the entire semester, and meet SAP to be eligible for a loan during the entire award year. In addition, I must attend an in-person loan entrance informational workshop to receive the Federal Direct Loan materials and complete the online Federal Direct Loan entrance counseling workshop at www.studentloans.gov. Late-start or waitlist class(es) will not be considered until the class(es) begin. . In addition, if I am enrolled in ALL late start classes, my loan application will be processed after I am attending at least half-time status.