Federal Pell Grant
The Pell Grant is a federally funded program for exceptionally needy students. This type of award represents aid that you will not have to pay back (assuming you complete the term for which you receive the funds). Your eligibility for a Pell Grant is determined by the Federal Department of Education. The Department documents your eligibility by using the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number reported on your Student Aid Report (SAR). The Pell Grant is adjusted according to your enrollment status (full-time, three-quarter time, half-time, or less than half-time).
If you are awarded a Pell Grant and are attending full-time, you will receive your Pell grant in two disbursements (50% in the Fall semester and 50% in the Spring semester). If you use 100% of your Pell grant during the Fall and Spring semester, you will not be eligible for a Pell grant during your summer term. If you do not use your entire grant to pay for tuition and books, the remaining balance will be forwarded to you no later than 14 days after the start of the term.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This is a federal grant for exceptionally needy students with a '0' Expected Family Contribution based on the FAFSA. SCC receives a limited amount of funding from the federal government for this award. The college awards students until the limited amount of funding available is depleted. If you are awarded an SEOG grant, the award will appear on the Award Letter sent to you by SCC. Much like the Pell Grant, the SEOG grant is paid in two disbursements (50% in the Fall semester and 50% in the Spring semester).
State of Iowa Grants
These grants are for Iowa residents who meet the criteria outlined by the State of Iowa. Students are awarded by order of file completion date (how soon you are able to complete the financial aid application process). State grant programs include the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant and the Iowa Kibbie Grant. The Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant and the Iowa Kibbie Grant are for qualified students in vocational, technical, or career option programs (and apply for aid before July 1st preceding your anticipated term of enrollment; for the 2017-2018 award year that date is July 1st, 2017). Students are notified of their eligibility for the Iowa Vocational Technical Grant by the Financial Aid Award Letter sent to them by SCC.
Federal and State Grants generally do not have to be repaid, and represent one of the most beneficial types of financial aid. However, students who fail to attend their classes, or stop attending classes, may have to repay a grant they were awarded. For more information concerning this type of scenario, see the "Earning Financial Aid" portion of this website.
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