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Conditions of Acceptance

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CONDITIONS OF FINANCIAL AID OFFER ACCEPTANCE

Requirements for Accepting the Financial Aid Offer

Funds on your Financial Aid Offer Notification are tentative and based on full-time enrollment status in approved college credit classes. Funds are subject to adjustment if you are enrolled in less than *full- time (12 units) and by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) limitations. 

ENROLLMENT STA​TUS​ UNITS
*Full-time12 or more
Three-quarter-time
9 to 11.9
Half-time6 to 8.9
Less-than-half-timeLess than 6

 

Note: Intersession and Spring semester units are combined for certain offers (see programs listed below).​

It is your responsibility to complete the process to ensure that funds can be disbursed by accepting your offer on WebAdvisor/Self-Service, providing all documents requested by the Financial Aid office, and selecting a disbursement (refund) option via BankMobile.

Certain funds require additional processing steps before acceptance and disbursement (for example, the Cal Grant).  A student can only receive aid at one school during any particular term.  At Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) a student is allowed to change their home institution after an award year is completed (no mid-year changes allowed).  When a student accepts an offer on WebAdvisor/Self-Service, it is considered to be accepted for the entire academic year.

Any unpaid mandatory student fees will be deducted from student's disbursement.​​

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) is required by federal regulations to establish a Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP).

​Students who do not meet the SAP standards will lose their eligibility for financial aid. The complete SAP policy can be found on the SCC Financial Aid web page at Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. ​

California College Promise Grant  (CCPG fee waiver)

The CCPG fee waiver is auto-accepted for you when we receive your FAFSA or CADAA (Dream Act) application. No action needs to be taken. The offer amount you see for CCPG is not disbursed to you, it is presented only to eligible students to waive their per-unit fees. Students who have already paid their per-unit fees and then are awarded a CCPG may be entitled to a refund.

New CCPG Academic Standards

There are three ways that you may be eligible:

  • Academic – Sustain a GPA of 2.0 or higher – If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two consecutive primary terms, you may lose your fee waiver eligibility.
  • Progress – Complete more than 50 percent of your attempted coursework – If the cumulative number of units you complete is not more than 50 percent of the units you registered for in two consecutive primary terms, you may lose your fee waiver eligibility.
  • Combination of Academic and Progress Standards – Any combination of two consecutive terms of cumulative GPA below 2.0, and /or cumulative unit completion of not more than 50 percent of attempted coursework, may results in loss of fee waiver eligibility.
     
    For additional information refer to the CCPG Application​ on the SCC Financial Aid website.
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     Financial Aid Book Advance Program
    You may be eligible to use accepted financial aid funds to receive your books in advance of the pending scheduled disbursement dates.  In order to do so, you must meet the eligibility requirements of each of the particular programs​. You many only do this at the bookstore and not on-line.  When at the bookstore, you must have a Valid Student ID Card & a printout of your class schedule.  If you choose to take advantage of this program, you must understand the following:
  • You are picking up the books against your pending financial aid funds and you are responsible to pay for any bookstore charges above your available financial aid.
  • You may owe the Federal/State government if you drop out of your classes before the 60% term attendance.
  • You are responsible for any balance owed to the institution in the event that your anticipated financial aid does not cover your purchases for the transaction and any unpaid balance may result in an academic hold being placed on your records and may be turned over to a collection agency.
  • You understand that the Book Advance program may also be used for book rentals (a credit card is required to secure the cost of book replacement for any book rentals not returned after the term ends)

    Please note:
  • All returns transactions must be made at the campus bookstore where the item(s) being returned was originally purchased.
  • No cash refunds will be issued for Bookstore purchases made against the Financial Aid Book Advance Program.  Funds from returns will be credit back to your account and payments will be processed by the Cashier's Office. 
  • Absolutely no refunds/returns will be issued after financial aid checks have been generated.  Please refer to the Financial Aid check disbursement and Bookstore return policy for further details.

    Pell Grant
    You must accept the Pell Grant on WebAdvisor/Self-Service. The Pell Grant will indicate an offer status of “P" (Pending) until you accept the offer. Pell Grant is subject to a Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU) of 600%. For example, a full-time eligible student utilizes 50% of their eligibility during a term. This means a student has 12 full-time semesters worth of Pell eligibility (subject to the annual Free Application for Federal Aid [FAFSA] assessment). You can log onto https://nslds.ed.gov​ and review your percentage used to date. Pell will be pro-rated based on number of units student is enrolled in and EFC. For more information, see Pell Grant​ on the SCC Financial Aid website. Units taken during Intersession will be combined with Spring.

    Cal Grant B   
    You must accept Cal Grant B on WebAdvisor/Self-Service. Cal Grant B will indicate an offer status of “P" (Pending) until you accept the offer. You must be enrolled in a minimum of half-time (6-units) to receive Cal Grant B disbursement. Cal Grant B will be pro-rated based on number of units student is enrolled in. Cal Grant B will only be on a student's offer notification if they were offered a Cal Grant B by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and meet the annual Asset & Income ceiling set by CSAC. New entitlement Cal Grant B recipients must submit a verification of high school graduation online with CSAC​ before SCC can disburse their offer. While attending community college, students are eligible to receive Access Funds up to $1672 annually. There is a lifetime maximum percentage of 400% if CSAC offers Cal Grant B to the student as a Freshman. It's the student's responsibility to track their own remaining Cal Grant B eligibility. Students with less than 200% remaining who are planning to transfer should consider taking a Leave of Absence (LOA).  (Maximum LOA is two years.) A LOA does not guarantee renewal for the next academic year due to the annual Income & Asset Ceiling requirements. (See the Cal Grant on the SCC Financial Aid website for more information​.) Units taken during Intersession will be combined with Spring.     

    Cal Grant C
    You will not be able to accept Cal Grant C through WebAdvisor/Self-Service. Cal Grant C will indicate an offer status of E (Estimated) status until the student submits an Educational Plan after meeting with an Academic Counselor and they have been determined to be in a Cal Grant C eligible program. This grant is intended to assist students who are pursuing an occupational, technical, or vocational program, who will receive a certificate or associate degree. Students who are in a transfer program are ineligible. Cal C pays up to $1094 annually. You must be enrolled in a minimum of half-time (6-units) to receive Cal Grant C disbursement. Cal Grant C will be pro-rated based on number of units student is enrolled in. Units taken during Intersession will be combined with Spring.

    Assembly Bill-2248 Notification to Cal Grant B & C Recipients:

    Cal Grant offer is limited to four academic years, except for students enrolled in an institutionally required five-year undergraduate program or for students with baccalaureate degrees admitted to and enrolled in a program of professional teach preparation.  A student needs to take 15 units per semester or quarter, or 30 semester units or the equivalent quarter units per academic year, in order to graduate within four years.

    Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG)
    You must accept your SSCG on WebAdvisor/Self-Service.  SSCG is offered to student who are enrolled Full-Time 12+ units and must also be eligible for a Cal Grant disbursement.  The maximum amount of the offer is up to $4000 annually.
  • A maximum of $1,298 annually at $649 per semester for eligible students who enroll and attend 12-14.99 units per the Fall and Spring Semesters.  Units taken during Intersession will be combined with Spring.
  • A maximum of $4,000 annually at $2000 per semester for eligible student who enroll and attend 15+ units per the Fall and Spring Semesters. Units taken during Intersession will be combined with Spring.
  • Students who do not maximize the $4,000 during the Fall and Spring Semesters may receive an additional disbursement during the Summer Semester depending on the academic year completed units.

    Check with the SCC FAO for additional information.  The SSCG is for Cal Grant student attending a California Community College and it is not transferable. The SSCG funds are limited; therefore, a disbursement is not guaranteed.

     

    Promise Tuition Scholarship

    Maximum $1400 ($700 per eligible semester) – This award is offered to recent high school graduates within the past year who are attending their first year of college with no financial need.  Students must complete a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application (CADAA) to determine that there is no financial need.  They must complete a Promise Pledge with the First Year Support Center (FYSC) E-303. They must also meet with a FYSC Mentor and meet with an Academic Counselor to develop a Comprehensive Student Education Plan. 

    In order to receive a disbursement a student must meet the Full-Time (12+ units) enrollment & GPA (2.0 cumulative) requirements. Student units & GPA will be verified at the end of each semester for a retroactive disbursement. 

    A student must complete 12 units in the Fall 2019 semester combined with Spring Intersession and 12 units in the Spring 2020 semester; or 12 units in the Fall 2019 semester and 12 units in the Spring Intersession combined with the Spring 2020 semester.  If a student does not meet the 12 units requirement by Spring Intersession, the student will not receive the Fall and Spring Scholarship.

     

    Promise Book Scholarship

    Maximum $400 ($200 per eligible semester) – This award is offered to recent high school graduates within the past year who are attending their first year of college who have financial need.  Students must complete a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application to determine there is financial need.  They must complete a Promise Pledge with the First Year Support Center E-303 (FYSC). They must also meet with a FYSC Mentor and meet with an Academic Counselor to develop a Comprehensive Student Education Plan. 

    In order to receive a disbursement a student must meet the Full-Time (12+ units) enrollment & GPA (2.0 Cumulative) requirements.   Student units & GPA will be verified at the end of each semester for a retroactive disbursement. 

    A student must complete 12 units in the Fall 2019 semester combined with Spring Intersession and 12 units in the Spring 2020 semester; or 12 units in the Fall 2019 semester and 12 units in the Spring Intersession combined with the Spring 2020 semester.  If a student does not meet the 12 units requirement by Spring Intersession, the student will not receive the Fall and Spring Scholarship.


    Chafee Grant
    A Chafee Grant is for students who were or are in foster care and have financial need. You will not be able to accept your Chafee Grant through WebAdvisor/Self-Service. If the funds are made available, the SCC FAO will contact you to make an appointment for you to complete the processing in our office. There are limited funds available, so this offer is not guaranteed (see priority order here) Your Chafee Offer will indicate as “E" (Estimated) status until your appointment with an SCC Financial Aid Analyst. At that time you will be able to accept your offer. For more information please visit Chafee Grant Program on the SCC Website.
     
    Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

    SEOG is offered to students who have: 
  • An EFC of zero (0)
  • Completed their FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 1st, and
  • Completed all requirements for their Financial Aid file by August 31st

    You must accept your SEOG offer on WebAdvisor/Self-Service. SEOG will indicate an offer status of “P" (Pending) until you accept the offer. You must be enrolled in a minimum of half-time (6-units) to receive a disbursement. Units taken during Intersession will be combined with Spring. The SEOG funds are limited; therefore, a disbursement is not guaranteed. 

    Federal Work-Study (FWS)

    FWS is offered to students who are:
  • A continuing student who received FWS in the prior award year
  • A new student who completes a FWS Request Form
  • A new student who meets the priority deadline
     
    You will not be able to accept FWS on WebAdvisor/Self-Service. FWS will indicate as “E" (Estimated) status until you have an appointment with the Job Placement Coordinator (see below), and at that time you will get the opportunity to accept your FWS offer. If you choose to accept your FWS offer, you must do the following:
  • Within two weeks of receiving your offer notification, go to the On-Campus Job Placement Office (E-104) to schedule a New Hire orientation appointment
  • Pick up a New Hire (new FWS students) or a Rehire (continuing FWS students) packet

    You must maintain enrollment in a minimum of half-time (6-units) to participate in the FWS program. If we do not hear from you within two weeks of the date of your Offer Notification, we will assume you are no longer interested in working, and your FWS offer will be canceled.
     
    Federal Direct Loans  

    If you want to take out a Federal Direct Loan, you must complete ALL of the following:
  • All borrowers must review the Direct Loan application process on our website​ 
  • Accept your Direct Loan award on your Student WebAdvisor (Self-Service)
  • Complete the Federal Direct Loan Request Packet (print from our website link above, or pick up a packet in the SCC Financial Aid office) and submit to our office 
  • Complete the Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov
  • Complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov

    To accept a Direct Loan, you must maintain enrollment in a minimum of half-time (6 concurrent units) to participate in the Federal Direct Loan program.

    Students who are not eligible for a Federal Direct Subsidized Loan have the option to consider a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
     
    Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4)

    Federal Title IV financial aid funds are offered under the assumption that a student will remain in attendance for the entire semester for which the funds were offered. Students who officially or unofficially withdraw from all classes prior to completing more than 60% of the enrollment period are subject to having their federal aid recalculated. These funds include Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity (SEOG), and Federal Direct Loans.

    The SCC FAO will recalculate federal financial aid eligibility if a student:
  • Officially withdraws or drops all classes (initiated by student or instructor)
  • Unofficially withdraws by ceasing to attend all classes before the end of the semester; or receives all F grades

    For more information, please visit the Return of Title IV Funds policy​ on the SCC website.
     
    Overpayments

    If you receive an overpayment, it must be re-paid. There are 3 different ways that you may find yourself in an overpayment situation:
  1. Student selected for verification by the Department of Education after receiving Title IV disbursement.
  2. Student drops class or classes after receiving their first disbursement (but does not drop all classes during the term) before reaching the 60% point of the term. They may be subject to an overpayment penalty per Federal Title IV regulations. 
  3. Income discrepancies caused by student revising their FAFSA due to conflicting information.

    Financial Aid recipients are advised to consult with their SCC Financial Aid analyst before dropping classes, or making changes to their FAFSA.

    Students who owe an overpayment must repay SCC within 45 days or are subject to have their Title IV debt turned over to the Department of Education. Failure to comply with the above may result in loss of federal financial aid at any institution.

    Privacy - Release of Information

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides students with certain rights regarding their educational records, including information on the student's financial aid application. As a rule, the SCC FAO cannot release information to anyone other than the student. If you want SCC FAO to release information to someone else, please visit the Financial Aid office (Room E-104) and request a Student Authorization to Release Information Form. To ma​​ke this request, you must present this form in person, along with your student ID, and a current California ID or California driver's license.  A signed student Authorization to Release form is required before any student information will be disclosed to anyone other than the student.  This allows the person​ you designate to contact our office and inquire about your financial aid information and status. 

    Consumer Information Disclosure

    Federal regulations require all campuses to provide specified information to prospective and current students, staff, and the general public. Listed below are those items that must be available for review per federal regulation.

    The federal Higher Education Act, the federal Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), and regulatory guidance provided in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) require direct individual notices of prescribed information to certain target audiences including prospective students; currently enrolled students; current employees; parents, coaches and counselors of prospective student athletes; and the general public. Disclosures are to include crime/security statistics, student completion/graduation rates, FERPA privacy/security rights, financial aid program information, and gender-specific information on athletic participation and financial support.

    Please click here if you want to access the consumer information page.

 

More information is available online at our website: www.sccollege.edu/finaid​

If you have any further questions, please contact the SCC FAO at (714) 628-4876 or email us at finaid@sccollege.edu