The Federal Pell Grant is available to eligible U.S. Citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled in an eligible curriculum. The Federal Pell Grant awards range from $598 to $5815 for the 2016-2017 academic year. To apply for Federal Pell Grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Fall & Spring
The Financial Aid Office awards Pell Grant funds for Fall and Spring Semesters. Eligible students will receive an award letter before registration if your file is completed before registration. If your Pell Grant award is insufficient to pay your total registration cost, you will be required to make payment of the balance owed on registration day (the College does not participate in student loan programs). Students on Warning are not allowed to charge to financial aid during Early Registration. Students on Suspension are not eligible for financial aid.
Students that have used their full Pell Grant award during the Fall and Spring Semesters are not eligible for Summer Pell Grant; however, if a student has not used their full Pell Grant award, the student may use their balance during the Summer Semester.
Host Institution vs. Home Institution
Students cannot receive Federal Aid or State Aid at more than one institution at a time. Financial Aid should be disbursed from the “Home” institution and not at the “Host” institution. The “Home” institution is defined as “the college that the student is planning to complete his/her degree.” The result of a student charging/receiving funds from two institutions during a semester will result in an over-payment and the student will be required to pay back funds.
Full-time enrollment is 12 or more credit hours; three-fourths time is 9 to 11 credit hours; one-half time is 6 to 8 credit hours; less than half-time is 1 to 5 hours. Students that audit or never attend a class are not eligible for Pell Grant for the designated class(es). The Financial Aid Office will deduct tuition, fees, books, and supplies from your award for each semester. After the 30% of the semester, the Financial Aid Office will verify each student’s attendance and will authorize an excess check of the remaining balance for the semester.
Pell Grant Checks
Checks will be issued at the Business Office (located in North Building). Students are required to present their SCC Student ID to receive their check.
Check Issue Dates
Pell Grant Checks will be issued at the Business Office on the following dates:
FALL SEMESTER – September 22, 2016
SPRING SEMESTER – February 14, 2017
SUMMER SEMESTER – June 6, 2017
**Availability of Pell Grant checks can possibly be affected if SCC is forced to close due to adverse weather conditions.
You may be required to repay a percentage of these funds if you withdraw from all classes prior to completing 60% of the semester. If you charge tuition, fees, books or other materials in the bookstore using any federal or state aid or receive an excess check from these programs, you will be required to repay a portion of those funds if you quit attending classes on or before the 60% point.