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Financial Aid Application Process

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Students should apply for financial aid as soon after January 1 of each year as possible and are strongly encouraged to apply at least eight weeks prior to registration. However, one cannot apply before January 1. The award year includes fall, spring and summer terms. Because an individual's income usually changes each year, one must complete an application each award year.

To receive priority for all types of federal financial aid, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and application process so that approval  is received by June 15. Students planning to enter in the spring semester should complete the FAFSA application process so that approval is received by November 15. The summer priority date is March 15.

There is no charge to complete the FAFSA application and, by doing so, the student will be considered for all types of federal and state financial aid. You can apply electronically from your home computer or from a computer at your public library or high school. The webpage address is www.fafsa.gov.

Schools can no longer order paper FAFSAs. Students can obtain and complete a paper FAFSA by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). A PDF version of the FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.gov/options.htm. Students can access the PDF, complete the form on the computer or by hand, and mail to the address listed on the form.

Important Note: When applying online, the FAFSA will not be processed by the Department of Education if it is not appropriately signed (either electronically by PIN or through a mailed-in signature page).

In order to apply for financial aid, you will need:

  • A copy of your federal tax return from the previous year. In other words, if you are applying for the 2015-2016 school year, you will need a copy of your 2014 federal tax return and W2 forms.
  • Students under the age of 24 must provide copies of their parents' tax returns as well as their own.
  • Verification of any forms of untaxed income, such as child support, workers compensation, alimony, 1099 miscellaneous income form, etc.

Whether you choose to apply online or by mail, be sure to put the school's code in the appropriate box. SPCC's school code is: 007985

Before you fill out your FAFSA watch this video to learn how to create an FSA ID?a username and password? that replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN. Federal Student Aid

Questions? Contact our Financial Aid Department at 704-272-5391 or finaid@spcc.edu

Click here for a list of Financial Aid forms

Submit forms to either of our Financial Aid Offices on the L.L.Polk or Old Charlotte Highway campuses or mail to:

South Piedmont Community College
Office of Financial Aid
PO Box 126
Polkton, NC 28135