June 1 priority financial aid deadline for fall

Staff Report

DOBSON — The priority financial aid deadline for students attending Surry Community College this fall is June 1.

Andrea Simpson, director of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs, explains what this deadline means to students.

“Financial aid applications should be completed by June 1 for assistance to be in place by the start of the Fall 2016 semester. Students can still apply for financial aid after this date, but tuition assistance is not guaranteed by the start of the semester if the June 1 priority deadline is not met,” Simpson said. “Financial aid can be retroactive and received after the June 1 deadline, but the best practice is for students to apply for aid and have it in place when their classes start. Meeting the June 1 deadline can relieve a lot of financial stress for the students.”

Students should go to www.FAFSA.gov to begin the application process. Each semester SCC has a priority financial aid deadline. The spring priority deadline is Oct. 1, and the summer priority deadline is March 1.

Simpson recommends that students complete a FAFSA each year. FAFSA also is required when applying to scholarships offered by SCC. When applying for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need to provide Surry Community College’s Title IV school code, which is 002970. Surry Community College also requires Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) of all students receiving financial aid. Information about SAP guidelines can be accessed at www.surry.edu/FinancialAid.

Veteran students at Surry are guided through the process of taking advantage of their educational benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Tammy Fletcher is the Coordinator of Veterans Affairs and can answer any questions military students may have. She can be reached at the college’s Veterans Center at 336-386-3245 or fletchert@surry.edu.

Students should also notify the Financial Aid staff if any life changes happen that may cause the student to become eligible for financial aid. Examples of this could be loss of a job, death of a family member and divorce. If you have any Financial Aid questions, call 336-386-3264.

SCC also offers a payment plan to pay tuition and fees through a third party. A payment plan can also be set up in order to stay enrolled in classes while waiting for financial aid. Through this plan, students have the option to pay in three monthly installments through automatic deductions from a checking, savings account or credit card. To learn more about the payment plan option contact Courtney Baity, Cashier, at 336-386-3208 or baitycb@surry.edu or Shannon Haynes, Controller, at 336-386-3203 or hayness@surry.edu.

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