Paying for College | SCC

Paying for College

At SCC, we believe no one should miss out on a college education because they think they can't afford it. That's why we offer the lowest tuition in the state and four ways to pay:

  • Scholarships and Grants: funds that you don't have to repay

  • Work-study: a program where you work (generally at the college) to earn money to help pay for educational expenses.

  • Loans: money that is lent to cover expenses, but MUST be repaid with interest. Keep in mind that you are responsible for repaying your student loans even if you don't graduate.

  • Payment Plan: enroll in an affordable tuition payment plan for the fall, spring or summer term.

    Payment Plans
  • Third Party Sponsorship: if a third party will be covering your tuition and fees, such as WIOA, Voc Rehab, your current employer, etc., you will need to submit a signed authorization from that agency that gives SCC permission to bill them on your behalf. The authorization should include your name, SSN, the term for which they are paying, and the amount they are authorizing SCC to bill. This letter/authorization should be sent to the SCC Third Party Coordinator Roxanne Roberts.
    • Email the letter/authorization to 
    • If you need to deliver paperwork, please leave it at the cashiers office.
  • Waivers: SCC has the Donovan Scholar waiver, Foster/Adoptive waiver and KCTCS Employee waiver.
  • Military & Veteran Resources: information on how to apply for educational benefits for military and their dependents.

How do I sign up?

To receive financial aid, you'll need to start planning early and make sure all forms are turned in on time.

*Priority Deadline Dates

  • Fall Term: First monday in July (Tuesday if the Monday is a holiday)
  • Spring Term: First Friday in November

*Turning in all documents by the priority date ensures aid will be available the week before class begins for bookstore charges up to the amount of eligibility.

To help you get started, we've broken the process into three easy steps:

The first step in applying for financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, you'll hear it called FAFSA. The FAFSA must be completed each year, and changes to the application are coming.

Gather these documents, and use them to fill out the free application here.

Now that you've applied for Federal Financial Aid through the FAFSA, it’s not required, but it’s always a good idea to apply for additional scholarships that are offered through SCC, the state, and other agencies, and that don't have to be repaid.

Let's make sure you haven't missed anything. For some students additional paperwork is needed. It’s important to visit your student self-service account and check your To-Do List to make sure you've got everything taken care of.

Priority Deadline Dates

  • Fall Term: First monday in July (Tuesday if the Monday is a holiday)
  • Spring Term: First Friday in November

If there is nothing for you to do, you can use that page to review your awards. Just remember that if more documents are needed, you won’t be eligible for federal aid until they are turned in and processed.