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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Scholarship Program Office
Honors and Awards
On-Campus Job Placement
Student Consumer Information


Financial Aid is intended to help students who might not otherwise be able to attend college. Although the primary responsibility for meeting college costs rests with the student and his or her family, it is recognized that many families have limited resources and are unable to meet the cost of a college education. Federal and state financial aid programs have been established to provide assistance to students with documented financial need.

The application process for financial aid begins with the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is available in October for the following academic year. In order to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled in an eligible program of study leading to completion of an AA/AS degree, transfer requirements, or a certificate program; maintain satisfactory academic progress; for most programs, have demonstrated financial need; be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen; certify compliance with selective service registration requirements; not be in default on any student loan, or owe a refund on any grant made under any Title IV program; have a social security number; and have a high school diploma, or GED. Effective July 1, 2012, we are no longer offering the Ability to Benefit test. Students without a High School diploma or GED who passed the Ability to Benefit test or completed 6 college credits towards a degree or a certificate prior to July 1, 2012 are still eligible to continue receiving aid in future years.

For additional information and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), stop by the Financial Aid Office, located in room E-104, or call (714) 628-4876. You may also apply online  at

Withdrawals and Repayment of Financial Aid Funds

Federal aid recipients who withdraw or are dropped from all classes by the instructors are subject to regulations regarding the Return of Title IV funds. Students who withdraw or are dropped from all classes prior to completing more than 60% of the enrollment period are subject to these rules. Based on the date of the complete withdrawal or drop, the Financial Aid Office will determine the amount, if any, of "unearned" federal financial aid received by the student.

If the student received more financial aid than the amount earned, the student will be billed for the overpayment. Financial aid recipients are advised to 

1) avoid total withdrawal from all classes, 
2) successfully complete at least 6 units during the semester, 
3) if completely withdrawn, repay any "unearned" financial aid as soon as possible. 

Failure to do any of the above may result in the loss of financial aid eligibility.

Federal PELL Grant

This grant is a federally funded program de- signed to be the foundation of financial aid for undergraduates who demonstrate need. The amount of the PELL Grant is based on the cost of attendance, minus the expected calculated family contribution and the student's enrollment status at the time of payment. Award amounts vary according to eligibility and enrollment. Please check with the Financial Aid Office or visit the website for the maximum and minimum PELL award amounts. PELL Grants are limited to 12 full- time equivalent semesters.

FSEOG and FWS Programs

These programs below have limited funds and are generally awarded only to those eligible students who meet the Priority Deadline and to those students with the least amount of estimated family contribution (EFC).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This federally funded grant is available to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. The awarding of FSEOG funds must be given to maximum PELL Grant recipients.

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

This federally funded program provides employment opportunities to students with financial need. Students awarded FWS receive an allocation of funds earned through part-time jobs on and off campus. FWS provides an excellent learning process through on-the-job training.

William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs

Subsidized Direct Loan

The federal government pays the interest on this need-based student loan. No payments are required while the student remains actively enrolled in at least six units and at the end of enrollment. The maximum annual loan amounts are $3,500 for freshmen and $4,500 for sophomores.

Unsubsidized Direct Loan

There is no income criteria on this non-need based federal student loan for students who are enrolled in at least six units. Interest begins accruing immediately. Interest payments may be made or payments can be deferred. Maximum annual loan amounts are $3,500 for freshmen and $4,500 for sophomores.

Additional Unsubsidized Direct Loan

This additional $6,000 loan is available to independent students: $2,000 is available to dependent students who meet the qualification requirements and have room in their cost of attendance.

Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

This loan is for parents who borrow on behalf of dependent students. The parents' credit will be checked by the Department of Education. Repayment of principal and interest begins immediately. The amount borrowed cannot exceed the cost of attendance, minus any other financial aid and resources received by the student.

Chafee Grant

This grant program is available to former foster youth. Awards are $5,000 per year. Apply using the FAFSA and the separate Chafee Grant Application

California State Programs


California College Promise Grant (CCPG)

A State program for California residents to waive the enrollment fees at community colleges. There are several ways to qualify for a CCPG: The student demonstrates financial need according to federal methodology based on completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);



The student or the student's family is receiving CalWORKs, formerly TANF/AFDC, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or General Assistance/General Relief, or the student is a disabled veteran or a dependent of a deceased or disabled veteran as certified by the California Department of Veterans Affairs, or the student is a recipient or the child of a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, or the student is a dependent of a victim of the 9/11/01 terrorist attack, or the student is a dependent of deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty.


The student meets specific income criteria based on family size as set by the State of California.

Dream Act/AB 540 Eligibility

Several types of state and institutional aid are available to AB 540 students as a result of the California Dream Act such as CCPG Fee Waiver or Cal Grant. Please go to and read more about it under financial aid.

Cal Grants

Cal Grant Programs are available to California Residents who qualify. United States citizens, permanent residents or eligible non-citizens may apply for Cal Grants via the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). AB 540 students may apply via the California Dream Act Application. The deadline to apply is March 2nd each year for all California College Students (maximum opportunity). If you miss the March 2nd deadline AND you plan to attend a community college in the fall, you have until September 2nd (limited number of grants available). Be aware there is also a GPA requirement. The college electronically transmits GPA verifications for certain students. For detailed information go to

Cal Grant A

Cal Grant A assists low and middle income students with tuition costs at four-year institutions. Eligibility is based on academic achievement and financial need.

If you qualify for a Cal Grant A and plan to attend a public community college, the Student Aid Commission will put the student's tuition/fee award on reserve for 2 years until the student transfers to a four-year college, provided that the student continues to qualify financially by demonstrating financial aid need.

Cal Grant B

Cal Grant B provides assistance in meeting living expenses (i.e. books and supplies, housing costs and transportation). The maximum award is $1,672. Eligibility is based on demonstration of substantial financial need and enrollment status. Cal Grant B also funds tuition costs for sophomores at the same rate as Cal Grant A. Students must be actively enrolled in 6 units.

Cal Grant C

Cal Grant C assists vocational students with tuition and training costs in a program of  at least 4 months long. Awards range up  to $1,094 for related training costs such as special clothing, tools, equipment, and books and supplies. The Cal Grant C program is for non- transfer majors.

Full Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG)

The Full Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG) is a new  need  based  grant  that  is  paid in conjunction with any full time Cal B disbursement up to $500 per semester. This grant is only for community colleges and is not transferable.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant (BIA)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs provides grants to assist eligible American Indian students in meeting educational costs. To be eligible, the applicant must be at least one-fourth American Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut heritage, as certified by a Tribal Agency served by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; be enrolled as a full- time student (12 or more units), and be eligible for financial aid at Santiago Canyon College.

Scholarship Program Office

Many community benefactors, including SCC Foundation, SCC faculty and staff, and outside organizations, establish scholarships at Santiago Canyon College to recognize academic achievement and offer needed financial support.

Eligibility varies according to the individual scholarship. There are scholarships available to students taking classes at Santiago Canyon College, those transferring to four-year colleges, and those entering college for the first time upon graduation from high school.

Listings and requirements for the various SCC student scholarships are provided online each spring. A comprehensive online application is available for students to review.

Applications must be submitted for screening in March, and student recipients will be recognized at a ceremony in May.

For information regarding scholarships that are available for high school seniors, contact the Scholarship Office or the High School and Community Outreach Office.

For applications or more information, please contact the Scholarship Office at 714-628- 4793, visit the Scholarship Office located in room A-210 or online

Honors and Awards

Phi Theta Kappa. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honors society that recognizes academic excellence and achievement of students enrolled in two-year colleges. The society offers a myriad of opportunities for scholarship, intellectual enrichment, personal development and academic recognition.

The Beta Eta Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was organized at Santiago Canyon College in 1998.

Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is extended each semester by the local chapter to students who have completed a minimum of 12 degree units with a minimum of grade point average of 3.0. Members receive special recognition when they graduate.

Psi Beta. Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. The mission of Psi Beta is professional development of psychology students through promotion and recognition  of  excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service.

Membership in Psi Beta is extended each semester by the local chapter to students who have completed one psychology course and 12 semester hours of total college credit and have an overall GPA of 3.25 with at least a "B" average in psychology courses.

Members receive special recognition upon graduation.

Sigma Chi Eta. The purposes of Sigma Chi Eta are (a) to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies; (b) to stimulate interest in the field of communication; (c) to provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication; (d) to establish and maintain closer relationships and mutual understanding between speech communication studies faculty and students;

(e) to explore options for community college students who will transfer to a four-year college or university  or  enter  the  world of work. The Omicron Chapter at SCC was founded in 2004. Students who qualify may apply for membership by contacting the advisor, Dr. Melinda Womack. In order to become a member of a Sigma Chi Eta chapter, the student must:

  • have completed at least 12 semester hours
  • have completed at least three communication courses or 9 semester hours (or at least 12 quarter credit hours) of communication study;
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • have a communication studies GPA of at least 3.25;
  • be in good standing at the college;
  • display commitment to the field of communication.


The Santiago Canyon College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to helping Santiago Canyon College gain the financial resources it needs to ensure that every qualified student, regardless of economic background, has access to an affordable yet high-quality college education. The SCC Foundation raises money for academic

scholarships and provides supplemental dollars for student support programs such  as the Hawks Nest Food Pantry and Veterans Service Office (VSO). To enhance the quality of our students' overall experience at SCC, the Foundation also supports enrichment programs such as Forensic Debate Team and campus events, including the annual Performing Arts Showcase.

There Is no better value in higher education than community college - nor a more cost- effective way to make sure that every person in our community has a viable path to becoming or remaining a productive citizen.

Your donation to the foundation - in any amount - makes a real difference in the lives of our students. To find out more, please e-mail or call (714) 628-4790.

On-Campus Job Placement Office

The On-Campus Job Placement Office operates under the umbrella of the Student Support Services, aiding students in advancing their leadership skills by placing them in on-campus student work programs. Student employment can assist with education cost and also develop desirable work attitudes and habits while working in a professional environment. Upon determining eligibility, students are matched with departments based on their educational goals. This work experience is intended to compliment the educational process and to enhance future employment.

For more information, call the On-Campus Job Placement Office  at  (714) 628-4867 or visit us in E-104 or go online at

Student Consumer Information– Right-To-Know Disclosure Information:

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 go to and click on 'About SCC' to review all the current Student Consumer Information including Gainful Employment disclosures.​