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Summer 2014 Financial Aid

Important Financial Aid Dates for Summer Session 2014
April 1, 2014 Priority date
May 29, 2014 Pell Census date
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students who applied for federal financial assistance for fall 2013 or spring 2014 semesters, have already completed the 2013-2014 FAFSA. Transfer students should be aware that financial aid does not transfer from other colleges. Financial aid is awarded separately at each college aid is requested from. If a student has already completed the 2013-2014 FAFSA with another college, he or she will need to go back into the FAFSA website and update the application listing SCC’s Title IV School code: 008304. They will also need to request that any outstanding financial aid awards for summer at the prior college be cancelled. Students cannot receive federal aid for the same semester at two colleges.

Awarding & Financial Aid Eligibility for Summer Aid

Students who have completed the FAFSA, submitted all required paperwork and are enrolled in summer courses will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Office for summer financial aid eligibility. Students will be awarded Pell Grant and/or Student Loans depending on each individual student’s eligibility. Financial aid status can be viewed online at my.maricopa.edu. Students are able see outstanding documents needed, award information, messages, account summary information regarding charges and payments, and the current-year financial aid award.

Pell Grant Eligibility – Maximum Pell Grant eligibility is equivalent to two full time semesters each year (this is referred to as 100% eligibility) . Students may have remaining Pell Grant eligibility for summer if:

  • They have not attended two full time semesters equaling 24 or more credit hours in the fall and spring semester
  • They are meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements

Direct Loan Eligibility – Maximum loan eligibility is based on the student’s grade level and dependency status. Students may have remaining Direct Loan eligibility for summer if:

  • They have not already borrowed the maximum loan amount for the year
  • They are meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • They are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours at SCC
Priority Date

April 1, 2014 is the priority filing date for students to submit the 2013 - 2014 FAFSA application and any outstanding items from their Financial Aid To Do list on the my.maricopa.edu self - service site. Students who submit all required paperwork by the priority date will have their application reviewed by the tuition due date. Applications received after this date will still be considered for aid, b ut the student will not receive their award notification until after the start of the semester. Students who file after the priority date should be prepared to use their own funds to pay for their tuition and fees prior to the tuition due date.

Pell Census Date

The Pell census date for summer is May 29, 2014. A student must be registered for ALL summer courses (including late - start and consortium courses) by this date in order to have those courses considered for Pell Grant funding. If a student registers for courses after this date, those courses cannot be considered for Pell. For students on consortium, the consortium form must also be submitted to the SCC financial aid office by the census date. Students applying for aid after the census date will have their Pell Grant awarded based on the number of credit hours they are enrolled in on the day their FAFSA is received by the college.

Minimum Credit Requirements for Summer Financial Aid

Students who have completed the FAFSA, submitted all required paperwork and are enrolled in summer courses will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Office for summer financial aid eligibility. Dropped or withdrawn courses may result in a reduction or cancellation of summer awards or repayment of funds already disbursed. Summer cost of attendance and budget figures are prorated based on the actual weeks of instruction that a student is in class. Summer aid recipients should contact the financial aid office and speak with a financial aid advisor prior to altering summer schedules.

Full-time 12+ credit hours
3/4 time 9 - 11 credit hours
1/2 time 6 - 8 credit hours
Less than 1/2 time 1 - 5 credit hours

Consortium Agreements: The STUDENT is responsible to pay the tuition with their own funds at the host (participating) school. The home (parent) school cannot put a hold on consortium classes nor contact the host (participating) school to inform them of anticipated aid. Financial aid must be awarded at the college where the student is attending more than 50 percent of their total credits for that term. Students requesting loans must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per term at the school awarding the aid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards in order to be eligible for financial aid. If a student is enrolled in spring 2014, SAP will be evaluated after spring semester grades post in late May. Any student who fails to meet the SAP standards will receive a message in their my.maricopa.edu account Message Center. If a student is not meeting SAP, the summer financial aid awards will be cancelled. Students who do not meet SAP are responsible to pay all charges or set up a payment plan to avoid their classes being dropped for non-payment. Please refer to the SCC SAP Policy.

Student Loans

Eligibility for a student loan is dependent upon the summer cost of attendance/budget and the amount borrowed during the academic year. Summer budgets are prorated based on the actual weeks of instruction that a student is in class. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits at SCC to receive loan funds. First time, first year borrowers are subject to a 30 day delayed disbursement (30 day delayed students must also still be enrolled in courses at the time of disbursement, or will not qualify to receive the funds). All loans are disbursed in two equal amounts, one near the beginning of the loan period and one at the mid-point. The first disbursement may be delayed beyond 6/19/2014 if the student is enrolled in late-starting classes or is a first time student at SCC. In order for a student to be eligible for the first loan disbursement, a student must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) at SCC and have begun attendance in at least one course.

Summer Aid Disbursement

A student’s account will reflect the charges due for the semester. Provided a student meets all of the qualifications to receive financial aid, any scholarship, grant, or loan funds awarded will be automatically credited to the account and applied to the amount due for the semester. Allowable charges paid by financial aid include: current semester tuition, fees, book charges and other educational related charges.

If the financial aid exceeds the SCC charges, the student will be refunded the difference by the Bursars office provided they meet all eligibility requirements. Summer financial aid will be disbursed no earlier than the end of the add/drop period for summer classes. Students will receive notification from Citi Prepaid with details on the options available to receive their refund. If a student has already completed the enrollment processes with Citi Prepaid, any refund generated will be disbursed according to how the account has already been set up.

Students who have been awarded and are expecting a financial aid disbursement and have not received the disbursement by 6/19/2014 may contact the Financial Aid Office. Students with late starting classes or overlapping classes from a prior term may have some or all of their grant and/or loan disbursement delayed past the date above. Students in late starting classes should plan accordingly.

Book Advances

Students awarded aid for the summer session may be eligible to receive a book advance. Eligible students are able to purchase books and supplies with their advances at the on - campus bookstore, neighborhood bookstores or online. See http://my.maricopa.edu/book-advances/ for more information.

Students Financial Aid Status

Financial aid status can be viewed online at my.maricopa.edu. Students are able to see any outstanding documents needed, award information, messages, account summary information regarding charges and payments, and the current year’s financial aid award.