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In order to be eligible for financial aid, all students must meet basic eligibility requirements. Be aware that these are basic requirements and some financial aid programs have additional criteria.

Basic Eligibility for Financial Aid

  • Have a valid Social Security number.

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

  • If male, be registered with Selective Service.

  • Is a regular student (seeking a degree or certificate).

  • Is enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible SFCC program.

  • Has a high school diploma or its equivalent.

  • Is not currently enrolled in high school.

  • Does not have a conviction for any offense under federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance while you were receiving federal student aid.

  • Does not owe loan or grant overpayment.

  • Does not have a Ford Direct Loan or Stafford Loan in default.

  • Has not borrowed in excess of loan limits.

  • Is maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Program-Specific Eligibility

Some aid programs and grants are meant for certain groups of people like low-income, previous foster youth, veterans and and more. For these programs, additional eligibilty requirements might include:

Financial Need

If your personal financial situation makes it difficult or impossible to pay for college, there are many types of financial aid like grants and waivers to supplement or even cover all your tuition. To find the amount of aid you will qualify for, you must calculate your financial need on the How is Aid Awarded? page.

Enrollment Requirements

Most financial aid programs will require you to be enrolled in a minimum amount of credtis per quarter. See the sources of aid page and navigate to the specific aid programs for eligibility requirements.

Residency Requirements

Grants and scholarships are often set up for specific groups. For example, many Washington State funded grants are meant only for state residents. Federal aid has its own residency requirements and many of the other grants and scholarships have specific eligibilty requirements. Visit the sources of aid page to find specific programs and their eligibility.

Funding Limits

Many programs have a maximum amount you can receive or borrow. Visit the sources of aid page to find specific programs and their eligibility.

How is a Financial Aid Award Determined?

Financial Need

Most grants and loans are awarded based on financial need. SFCC uses the following formula to determine your eligibility for financial aid.

Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution = Financial Aid Need
 

  • Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimated amount that it will cost you to attend school for a period of one year. To get an estimate your Cost of Attendance, use the net price calculator tool.

  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is from your processed FAFSA application and is a measure of your family’s financial strength. It’s calculated according to a formula established by law using your family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security). To calculate your EFC, use the College Board's EFC Calculator

Enrollment Requirements

Most financial aid programs will require you to be enrolled in a minimum amount of credits per quarter. Federal Loans for example, require a minimum of six (6+) credits.